Inventory number
P00498
Author
Veronese, Paolo
Title
Penitent Mary Magdalene
Chronology
1583
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
115,4 cm x 91,5 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Adquisición del conde de Fuensaldaña para don Luis de Haro, Londres, h. 1651; colección VII marqués del Carpio, Jardín de San Joaquín, Madrid, 1689; Colección Real (adquisición de Carlos II; Real Alcázar, Madrid, obrador de pintores de cámara, 1694; col. Isabel Farnesio, Palacio de La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, 1726; col. Isabel Farnesio, La Granja, antecámara del rey, 1746, nº 590; La Granja, sala de la princesa, 1766, nº 590; Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pieza en que está el oratorio, 1794, nº 90).

This late work by Veronese reflects the transformations experienced by Venetian religious painting around 1575, when they were subject to control by the Inquisition. Veronese adapted his style to meet these demands, and in his late works we can see a progressive simplification of the compositions, a darkening palette of colors, and the use of a sketchier brushstroke. The result is images of concentrated emotion, stripped of details that could distract the faithful.

This work was acquired by Luis de Haro upon the death of Charles I of England. In Spain it first appeared in the inventory of Isabel de Farnesio (1692-1766) at the La Granja Palace in 1746, where it remained until 1814.

 
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