Jörg Lederer
Circle of

The Magdalen

c. 1520
Mary Magdalene holds her symbol, a jar of perfumed ointment: she had earlier anointed Christ’s feet at a banquet; later she would anoint his corpse before its burial. The work, intended to be set flat against a support as seen here, was likely part of a larger sculptural group, the Magdalene looking up towards the crucified Christ. Lederer was both a sculptor and a broker, arranging for teams of craftsmen – including sculptors, painters and carpenters – to create work under his direction.
Artist
Circle of
Title
The Magdalen
Date
c. 1520
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
polychromed maple
Dimensions
129.5 x 46 x 26 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Gift of Mrs. Otto Koerner, Vancouver, 1977
Accession number
18967