In 1842 Delacroix visited the home of the famous female novelist, George Sand, and used Sand's farm wife and her daughter as models for the oil painting of The Education of the Virgin, the scene where St. Anne teaches the Virgin how to read the Old Testament. This work depicting the same subject on a smaller scale was painted ten years later. Here the artist has emphasized the landscape more than in the former work, and has added a dog to the image. Generally Delacroix is best remembered for his large-scale paintings filled with dramatic action and brilliant colors and thus it is assumed that such images reflect his character. Quiet nocturnal works, such as this painting, illustrate yet another aspect of his diverse arts. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.58)


  • Title: The Education of the Virgin
  • Creator Lifespan: 1798 - 1863
  • Creator Nationality: French
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: Paris
  • Creator Birth Place: Charenton-Saint-Maurice
  • Date Created: 1852
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed lower right: Eug. Delacroix
  • Provenance: M. Bischoffsheim; Hara, Japan; Tokyo National Museum,1947.
  • Physical Dimensions: w555 x h460 mm
  • Painter: Eugène Delacroix
  • Object title (Japanese): 聖母の教育
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1842年、ドラクロワはノアンにあった、当代随一の女流作家ジョルジュ・サンドの邸に招かれ、彼女が使っていた農婦とその娘をモデルにして《聖母の教育》(聖母マリアの母アンナがマリアに旧約聖書の読み方を教えている場面)と題する油彩画を描いた。この作品はその10年後に同じ主題で描かれたもので、画面はひとまわり小さくなっているが、背景への関心が増し、また犬も加えられている。一般にドラクロワの作品といえば華麗な色彩と力強い動感に満ちたドラマティックな大作を連想し、またそうした作品にこそ彼の本領は遺憾なく発揮されたが、深い緑を主調として、全体に夜想曲のような静かな安らぎをたたえた本作品は、幅広い彼の芸術のまた別の一面を示している。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 58)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): ドラクロワ、ウジェーヌ
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Transferred from the Tokyo National Museum, http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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