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Meekness

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

1650

Artist:

Eustache Le Sueur
French, 1616-1655

About this artwork

In the years 1644-45, following a period of training and collaboration with Simon Vouet, Eustache Le Sueur established himself as an independent master, receiving important ecclesiastical commissions and also decorating the hôtels, or townhouses, of wealthy Parisians, including the Hôtel Lambert. For the chapel in the Paris townhouses of Guillaume Brissonnet, Le Sueur painted the eight Beatitudes, among them the personification of Meekness, as well as an altarpiece of the Annunciation, monochrome scenes of the life of the Virgin, and a ceiling depicting the Assumption of the Virgin. 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. Here the personification of Meekness, appropriately accompanied by a lamb, embodies Christ’s saying in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Eustache Le Sueur

Title

Meekness

Origin

France

Date

1650

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

39 7/8 × 26 3/8 in. (100.7 × 67 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection

Reference Number

1974.233

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