January 3rd, 2011

Penitant Magdalen

The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame - Day 17 - 30 Days of Me

Day 17 - An Art Piece

Georges de la Tour did several versions of "penitent Magdalen" paintings; I've seen two or three of them, and think they are so gorgeous. De la Tour was a master at painting light, and the way it plays with the darkness. Actually, the first de la Tour painting I fell in love with was one of a young Jesus and his father, doing carpentry. Of the Magdalens, the one in the Louvre is my favorite, aesthetically, but I like the one in Los Angeles more, just because it came as a surprise to me. Connor, my mother and I had gone to see the King Tut exhibit at LACMA. Afterwards, we wandered through the main museum, because our King Tut tickets let us in for free, and I discovered this painting:

I was so happy to see her, unexpected like that. And to think, such an amazing painting lives in my home state of California.