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The Young Virgin  1630

by Francisco de Zurbarán

According to medieval legend, as a girl the Virgin Mary lived in the Temple in Jerusalem, where she devoted herself to praying and sewing vestments. This was a subject particularly popular in Italian and Spanish paintings of the seventeenth century, with the Virgin serving as a model to emulate. The delicate handling of the Virgin’s face and the attention to the still life...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art