Jörg Lederer
Circle of

The Magdalen

c. 1520
Mary Magdalen holds her symbol, a jar of perfumed ointment: she had earlier anointed Christ’s feet at a banquet; she would later anoint his corpse before its burial. This is likely a fragment from an elaborate altarpiece. Painted and gilded wooden sculpture was common throughout German-speaking Europe, a focus for artistic creativity and for believers’ piety. A sculptor and a broker, Lederer arranged 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 and gilded wood
Dimensions
129.5 x 46 x 26 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Gift of Iby Koerner, Vancouver, 1977
Accession number
18967