Baroque Paintings

17th century painting

Flemish master

Depiction of Saint Mary Magdalene as a penitent in the wilderness in France.

The attributes of the ointment vessel which she carries in her hand, the self-flagellation by the whip in the other hand and the skull as a reference to "Momento Mori" are the typical features of this frequently occurring subject, which was also often painted by Tizian or Poussain.

According to the story, Maria Magdalena then lived as a penitent in the desert, far from any civilization in southern France, where she is still venerated as a saint today.

Frame added later.

Old back wall with 3 repairs from an old restoration.

Provenance: private property, Wiesbaden

Height: 160 cm | Width: 133 cm

 

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