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Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Penitent Magdalen
Oil on canvas. 1641
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Traditionally identified as the woman who was a sinner and wept on Christ’s feet and wiped away her tears with her hair (Luke 7:36-50), Mary Magdalene is shown here as the hermit saint she became upon giving up her life of moral decadence, after her encounter with the Savior. She kneels in prayer at the entrance to her cave and raises her eyes to heaven, eyes that are perhaps disproportionately la

Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto
Penitent Magdalene
Oil on canvas. 1635 - 1640
Ribera, Jusepe de, lo Spagnoletto

Mary Magdalene is depicted half-length, in a pensive and melancholy mood. She rests her head on a skull that symbolizes the brevity of earthly life. A jar of salve, her characteristic attribute, appears in the foreground. In keeping with traditional iconography, she wears a sackcloth garment against her bare skin and her long hair hangs free. Representations of Mary Magdalene were very popular in

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