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Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Living Spring of Hope

Ernest Hebert 1817-1908
La Vierge au Paradis 1894
Oil on wood 60.8 x 36.3
Musée national Ernest Hébert, Paris




Qui se' a noi meridiana face
di caritate, e giuso, intra ' mortali,
se' di speranza fontana vivace.

You are the noonday torch of charity,
and there below, on earth, among the mortals,
you are a living spring of hope.

Dante, Paradiso XXXIII, 10-12


Ernest Hébert (1817-1908),was a well-known painter in the second half of the nineteenth century.

He studied under Ingres at the Academy of France in Rome,

He was commissioned to decorate the Pantheon.

The above painting is only one of many paintings on the theme of the Virgin executed by Hébert