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Mary Magdalene Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)

Mary Magdalene

Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)

  • TITLE

    : Mary Magdalene
  • AUTHOR

    : Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
  • DATE

    : c. 1540
  • TYPE

    : Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    : Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    : 96 × 74 cm
  • SUBJECT

    : Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    : 16th century Venice painting
  • ROOM

    : 1

The figure of Saint Mary Magdalene was very dear to the Cardinal as an image of sincere penitence and true love of Christ. According to the classic tradition, a good rendering of Mary Magdalene was to contain three elements: the aesthetic, in the form of female beauty, the penitential, generally with a stark landscape, and the ecstatic. This painting, which is derived from the Mary Magdalene of the Palatine Gallery in Florence, is praised in the Musaeum for “the artist’s skill in maintaining proper modesty in such nudity”, and indeed the viewer’s eye is immediately attracted by the saint’s face enraptured in ecstasy. Recent cleaning of the canvas has more clearly revealed, to the left of Mary Magdalene, the jar of ointment, her iconographic emblem. More importantly, it has also uncovered the artist’s signature (Titianus fecit – “Titian made [it]”).

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  • TITLE

    Mary Magdalene
  • AUTHOR

    Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
  • DATE

    c. 1540
  • TYPE

    Painting
  • TECNIQUE

    Oil on canvas
  • DIMENSIONS

    96 × 74 cm
  • SUBJECT

    Sacred art
  • SCUOLA PITTORICA

    16th century Venice painting
  • ROOM

    1

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