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Mary Magdalen at the Feet of Christ
Cerezo, Mateo
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Cerezo, Mateo

Burgos (Spain), 1637 - Madrid (Spain), 1666

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Mary Magdalen at the Feet of Christ

Mid-XVIIcentury. Grey-brown wash, Pencil ground on yellow laid paper.
Not on display

Mary Magdalen kneels on the floor and kisses the feet of Christ, who is seated at the head of the table with two other diners gesturing in astonishment. An architectural background and drapery frame the composition on the left.

As Mayer has already pointed out, although the subject represents the event of the Magdalen anointing the feet of Christ during the supper at Simon’s house, Sánchez Cantón titled it Supper at Emmaus and associated it with the famous canvas painted for the refectory of the convent of Agustinos Recoletos, known through José del Castillo’s print, with which it has little in common. Mayer considered it to be a study for a painting in a private collection in Madrid that was never painted. Its whereabouts remain unknown. On the basis of this testimony, the Museo del Prado maintains this attribution since there is no evidence of any other drawing by Cerezo using this technique. This fact makes it difficult to verify the attribution to a painter who is still not well known.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, p.81-82

Technical data

Inventory number
D000115
Author
Cerezo, Mateo
Title
Mary Magdalen at the Feet of Christ
Date
Mid-XVII century
Technique
Grey-brown wash; Pencil ground
Support
Yellow laid paper
Dimension
Height: 190 mm; Width: 183 mm
Provenance
Bequest of Pedro Fernández Durán y Bernaldo de Quirós, 1931

Bibliography +

Sánchez Cantón, F. J., Dibujos Españoles. Vol. III. Siglo XVII, Hauser y Menet, Madrid, 1930, pp. 247.

Mayer, August L., Historia de la Pintura Española, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1947, pp. 492.

Buendía Muñoz, J. Rogelio, Mateo Cerezo en su tercer centenario (1626-1666), Goya, 71, 1966, pp. 289.

Pérez Sánchez, Alfonso E., Catálogo de Dibujos. Vol.I. Dibujos españoles siglos XV-XVII, Madrid, 1972, pp. 81-82.

Other inventories +

Inv. Legado Pedro Fernández Durán, 1931. Núm. 63.

Inscriptions +

MATEO CEREZO. [atribución sobre el paspartú]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Front

Update date: 20-08-2022 | Registry created on 26-11-2015

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