Art: Out of the Attic

Twentieth-century tastes in art have rescued from oblivion or minor status an imposing list of old masters, e.g., Italy's Piero della Francesca, Spain's El Greco, The Netherlands' Vermeer. Still least-known of the rediscovered old masters is France's 17th century Georges de La Tour (TIME, July 12, 1948), three of whose works have just been acquired by U.S. museums (see color page). The wonder seems less that such paintings are recognized as masterworks than that they were ever consigned to the attic.

Georges de La Tour (1593-1652) was a leading painter (and father of ten...

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