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William-Adolphe Bouguereau concluded the oil painting entitled Virgin and Lamb, or La Vierge à L'agneau in the original French La Vierge à L'agneau, in 1903. As a student at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts earlier in his career, learning the techniques and secrets of the past masters of the Renaissance period, like Raphael. These Classic influences had two central themes; mythological subjects – since the Academies based their work on the art and culture of the ancient Greeks – and Biblical subjects – as the Renaissance painters were mostly funded by the Catholic Church. Bouguereau typically worked for wealthy patrons but continued the tradition of depicting Holy scenes.

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