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The Dice Players
Photo credit: Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Dice Players c.1650

Georges de La Tour (1593–1652)

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

(bapt. Vic-sur-Seille, Lorraine [now Moselle], 14 Mar. 1593; d Lunéville, Lorraine [now Meurthe-et-Moselle], 30 Jan. 1652). French painter, active at Lunéville in the Duchy of Lorraine; it was his wife's home town and he settled there in 1620, three years after his marriage. He had a fairly successful career (his paintings were owned by Louis XIII, Cardinal Richelieu, and the Duke of Lorraine), but his name sank into oblivion after his death and it was not until the 20th century that he was rediscovered and hailed as the most inspired of Caravaggesque painters.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)


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