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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Eye Candy for Today: Jan van Scorel’s Maria Magdalena

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:05 pm

Maria Magdalena, Jan van Scorel
Maria Magdalena, Jan van Scorel

I love the textures throughout, and the small figures in the background landscape.

In the Rijksmuseum. Use the zoom controls, or register for a RijksStudio account to download high-res images. (See my post on the New Rijksmuseum website.)

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  1. Comment by Ælle
    Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 3:41 am

    Talking about misinformation; MM was through the centuries targeted in PAINTINGS to become the subject of biblical gossip. Pope Gregory (6th century)was one to sentence the poor woman.
    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09761a.htm
    http://ct.dio.org/comment-and-dialogue/question-corner/apostle-to-the-apostles-the-story-of-mary-magdalene.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene

  2. Comment by Ælle
    Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 3:51 am

    On Guido Reni’s (1575-1642) The Penitent Magdalene the following comment:
    According to Christian tradition, after meeting Christ, Mary Magdalene repented of her former sinful ways. With her ivory skin and long golden hair, the beautiful Magdalene turns her gaze toward heaven. Her cross and the skull make it clear she is meditating on the brevity of life and the salvation made possible by Christ’s death. Reni created an idealized, as well as classical style influenced by ancient sculpture and by the Renaissance artist Raphael (1483-1520). This influence is visible in the Magdalene’s rounded, even features, painted so smoothly that the strokes seem to disappear, in contrast with the broad, energetic strokes used for the drapery, more typical of 17th-century painting. Images of female saints sometimes depicted in a seductive manner, were very popular with some artists and patrons in the 17th century, and Reni painted many versions of this composition.

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