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An Angel Bringing Food to a Hermit,

François Boucher
French, 1703 - 1770
black chalk on laid paper
31.6 x 21.6 cm
Gift of Mrs. Samuel Bronfman, Montreal, 1957
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6888)

The theme of this scene - an angel feeding a hermit - may well refer to an episode in the Old Testament where Elijah is fed by an angel (1 Kings 19:5-8). Stylistically, this black chalk drawing rendered in lines more allusive than descriptive reminds us that François Boucher was decisively influenced by certain High Baroque Italian masters.

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