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Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft

Object Details

Title:

Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft

Artist/Maker:

Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)

Culture:

Italian

Place:

Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy (Place Created)

Date:

about 1469

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 13 (83.ML.109), fol. 190v

Dimensions:

Leaf: 10.8 × 7.9 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)

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Object Description

While angels carry her toward heaven, Mary Magdalene prays, naked save for the covering of her abundant hair. According to The Golden Legend, a popular medieval compilation of saints' lives, the former sinner repented of her ways and retired to the wilderness outside of Marseilles in France after Jesus' Crucifixion. While living as a hermit there, "every day at the seven canonical hours she was carried aloft by angels and with her bodily ears heard the glorious chants of the celestial hosts."

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Sacred Landscapes: Nature in Renaissance Manuscripts (October 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 10, 2017 to January 7, 2018