The Repentant Magdalen

c. 1565-1570
This painting is from the late 1560s, painted in Venice, but likely for a chapel on the Italian mainland. The viewpoint indicates the work was designed to hang on a wall adjacent to an altar - it is best viewed from a position low and to the left. In Christian mythology, the Magdalene lived a wayward life before meeting Christ, to whom she became very devoted. After his death and resurrection, she lived as a hermit, repenting her former ways. She is depicted here surprised at prayer by an angel, whose visit prefigures her eventual death and raising up to heaven. The painting was restored in 2005. Frame: carved wood, gilded and painted. Britain (?), 1st half 19th century (?)
Title
The Repentant Magdalen
Date
c. 1565-1570
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
169.6 x 134.6 cm
Nationality
Italian
Credit line
Purchased 1927
Accession number
3530