A boy sits reading in a bombed bookstore, London, October 8 1940
The Repentant Magdalen (1648). Philippe de Champaigne (French, 1602-1674). Oil on canvas. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Made for a Parisian convent, The Repentant Magdalen depicts the saint at the entrance to a cave, a setting derived from the medieval legend that later in life she lived in retreat in a grotto at Sainte-Baume in France. The crisp lines and icy colors contribute to this painting’s tone of pious sobriety.
"The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them."