‘NEW MASTERPIECE’ BY GEORGES DE LA TOUR DISCOVERED IN MADRID

A ‘new’ painting by the seventeenth-century French master Georges de la Tour has just been discovered in Spain. This is a major event in the art world, as very few authenticated works are known to exist by de la Tour (1593-1652), to whom a museum is dedicated in his birthplace near Metz, the village of Vic-sur-Seille. The discovery is reported in ‘El País’, 12 October 2005 (‘Historia de un cuadro’/’History of a painting’, international edition, p. 40; http://www.elpais.es/articulo/elpporcul/20051012elpepicul_7/Tes). The painting represents Saint Jerome, bearded and dressed in red and reading a letter through an eyeglass. It was spotted on the premises of the prestigious Cervantes Institute in Madrid by its newly arrived director, César Antonio Molina (author of the article), and was identified as being by de la Tour by the experts of the Prado museum. The newly unearthed masterpiece is on exhibition at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (Barcelona) until 15 January 2006. **There is a colour reproduction at the ‘El País’ URL cited above. **Below is a view of Vic-Sur-Seille, where de la Tour was born.

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