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N.N.

 

The sinner at the banquet at Simon's, who anoints Jesus's feet.

stained glass window (25 cm diameter)

— ca. 1520 - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

 

 

 

Rogier van der Weyden

 

Mary with her ​​precious spikenard ointment
Oil on panel, 1450

Musée du Louvre (Paris)

MASTER of the life the Holy Virgin


Crucifixion with Mary, John and Mary Magdalene
1465-70,
oak, Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne

Mary as a wealthy disciple of Jesus is the only one richly dressed. Vanitas symbolism already present at the foot of the cross

DUCCIO di Buoninsegna


Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene (Noli me tangere - do not touch/hold me)
1308-11
Tempera on wood, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena
 

classic Noli me tangere scene where Jesus appears to Mary, who wants to hold Jesus but is rebuked. Jesus as the risen Lord ascends to heaven with the victory vane of the cross.

Fra ANGELICO

 

Noli me tangere..
c.1450. Fresco, 166 x 125. Museo di San Marco.  Venice
Fra Angelico as only he can... (note the "shovel" that gardener/Jesus is hiding behind his halo)

 

Mary the Penitent

TITIAAN Vecellio


The Penitent Mary Magdalene (own copy of lost original)
approximately 1560,
Oil on canvas, Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Trend-setting painting: the penitent Magdalene. The skull as a symbol of 'Vanitas' is resting on her knees. See also the following image as a domestic variant of it.

 

 

 

 LA TOUR, Georges de

 

The Magdalene with the Lamp
1630-35, Oil on canvas, Musée du Louvre, Paris
genre "Penitent Magdalene", very popular in 17th century France.

 

ERHART, Gregor


Saint Mary Magdalene
1500
polychrome wood, Augsburg

also known as La belle Allemande, the "German beauty '. Her nudity and her long hair betray the influence of the "Egyptian Mary."

 

 

 

 

DONATELLO


Mary Magdalene (detail)
c. 1457
Wood, 188 cm
Museo del Opera del Duomo, Florence


The old Magdalene, careworne, only clad in her hair (During restoration it was discovered that the original was polychrome)

 

Mary of Egypt

N.N.

 

The "Egyptian" and abbot Zosimus
Breviary of Martin d'Aragon (BNF, ROTH 2529) fol. 354V,
initial (60 x 60 mm), Spain, Catalonia 15th Century

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris)

 

 

 

 

Life of Mary Magdalene: The Hermit Zosimus Giving a Cloak to Magdalene By Giotto di Bondone 1320s

GIOTTO

 

Abbot Zosimus gives his cloak to Mary
1320, Fresco
Assisi: Magdalena Chapel (lower church)
 

Guiseppe DE RIBERA 1591- 1652


Maria Aegyptica (1641)

Musee Fabre, Montpellier.

The old hermit dressed in the cloak of Zosimus

The Trip to Marseille

ANONYMUS

 

Maria (Martha and Lazarus) land at Marseille and convert the local population.
mural in the basilica of st. Quentin (France)
16th Century (own photo)
 

Note: as in a graphic novel there is more than one scene to see

 

 

GIOTTO

 

Mary Magdalene's journey to Marseille

1320, Fresco
Assisi: Magdalene Chapel (lower church)

 

The Holy Cave at Sainte Baume

GIOTTO

 

Mary Magdalene in "levitation"
1320, Fresco
Assisi: Magdalena Chapel (lower church)

RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Tilman


Mary Magdalene surrounded by angels
1490-92
wood, 187 cm
Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich
 

Note how Mary like the Egyptian is completely covered with hair. The following figure depicts the same scene from the legend.

 

 

LORENZO DI CREDI


The angels bring the Holy Communion to Mary Magdalene
approx. 1510
Tempera on wood, 51 x 38 cm
Christian Museum, Esztergom, Hungary
Note how Mary is fed from heaven and how her attribute, the bottle with oil, remains on earth.

 

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 November, 2018