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Saint Mary Magdalene

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Giampietrino, Saint Mary Magdalene, 1521, tempera on wood, Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, public domain, 61.38

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Title

Saint Mary Magdalene

Artist

Giampietrino (Italian, active ca. 1520-1540)

Date

1521

Period

Late Renaissance (mid-late 16th century)

Medium

tempera on wood

Dimensions (H x W x D)

26 1/8 in x 20 1/2 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Accession Number

61.38

Copyright

public domain

Terms

female saints

jars

Mary Magdalene

Object Stories

ointment-jar

paintings

saints

Samuel H. Kress Foundation

tempera

wood

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery

Description

Giampietrino was a pupil and follower of Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance master who spent much of his career in Milan, and who exerted a major influence on the art of the area. This painting seems to be loosely based on examples of Leonardo's drawings of the Magdalene in the Fenwick Collection, Cheltenham, England. The facial type is typically 'Leonardoesque,' as is the play of light and shadow over the features.

Mary Magdalene is traditionally identified with the unnamed woman who anointed Jesus' feet at the supper in the house of Simon (Luke 7:37-38). Hence, she is generally depicted with a jar of ointment.

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