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Episodes from the Lives of Mary Magdalen and Saint John the Baptist
Serra, Jaume
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Serra, Jaume

1358, 1390

Episodes from the Lives of Mary Magdalen and Saint John the Baptist

1359 - 1362. Tempera on panel, 280 x 92 cm.

An altar with bible stories from the life of Mary Magdalene. The upper part shows a dinner at Simon´s house, when Mary Magdalene washed Christ´s feet with perfume and rinsed it with her own tears and hair (Luke 7, 36-50). The scene on the left shows the Holy Women´s visit to Christ´s Tomb, which they find empty. There, an angel announces the Resurrection to them (Mark 16, 1-8; Matthew 28, 1-7; Luke 24, 1-8). On the right is a representation of “Noli me tangere,” when Mary Magdalene witnesses the first apparition of Christ Resurrected (Mark 16, 9-11). Finally, the fourth scene represents Mary Magdalene´s transit, a passage from her legend in which, according to tradition, she was carried to Heaven by angels at the moment of her death. The predella of this altarpiece shows Saint Peter and Saint Dominic dressed in Dominican habits, and a bishop wearing his miter, with the stigmata from Christ´s Passion on his hands. This panel, along with its companion, the Stories of Saint John the Baptist (P03107), were the sides of the altarpiece of the shrine of Nuestra Señora de Tobed (Zaragoza). Its central panel included the Virgin, the Christ Child and King Enrique II of Castile (1333-1379), who was the donor.

Technical data

Inventory number
P03106
Author
Serra, Jaume
Title
Episodes from the Lives of Mary Magdalen and Saint John the Baptist
Date
1359 - 1362
Technique
Tempera
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 280 cm.; Width: 92 cm.
Provenance
Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de Tobed (Zaragoza); acquired from José Bardolet for Prado Museum in 1965.

Bibliography +

Museo Nacional del Prado, Principales adquisiciones de los últimos diez años: 1958-1968, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1969.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Diez años de adquisiciones para el Museo del Prado, GOYA: REVISTA DE ARTE, 1969, pp. 360.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972, pp. 899.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 630.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 630.

Gudiol, Josep, Pintura gótica catalana, Ediciones Polígrafa, Barcelona, 1986.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Madrid, 1996, pp. 362.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Portús, Javier (1961-), La Coleccion de Pintura Española en el Museo del Prado, Edilupa, Madrid, 2003, pp. 25.

Santos Bueso, Enrique., Oftalmología en el Museo del Prado, Gertograf, 2015, pp. 68.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 1887.
Autor, anónimo catalán, siglo XIV. / 1887. Asunto, Escena de la Magdalena / Tabla / Número del catálogo 3106 / Adquirido por el Patronato en diciembre de 1965, juntamente con la siguiente, en 1.350.000 ptas.

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Location +

Room 050 (On Display)

Update date: 18-05-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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