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Meekness

A work made of oil on panel.
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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1650

Artist:

Eustache Le Sueur
French, 1616-1655

About this artwork

Eustache Le Sueur painted the eight Beatitudes, the ideal qualities Jesus identified in his Sermon on the Mount in the Bible, for the private chapel in his patron Guillaume Birssonnet’s Paris home. This personification of meekness was part of that decoration and accompanied an altarpiece of the Annunciation, monochrome scenes of the life of the Virgin Mary, and a ceiling depicting her Assumption. The Beatitudes, with their patterned gold ground, lined the lower story of this elegant ensemble. Only the Annunciation altarpiece and two of the Beatitudes survive.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Eustache Le Sueur

Title

Meekness

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1650

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

100.7 × 67 cm (39 7/8 × 26 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1974.233

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