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Boucicaut Master (French, active about 1390 - 1430)
Paris, France (Place created)
about 1415 - 1420
Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 20.5 x 14.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.)
The Boucicaut Master's exquisite image of Mary Magdalene with her ointment jar introduces a prayer that focuses on her: Maria stabat ad monumentum plora[n]s (Mary stood at the tomb crying). The ointment jar recalls a story long associated with Mary Magdalene, that of the woman anointing Christ's feet at the house of Simon. Believed to have been a prostitute who gave up her former life to become a follower of
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