Mary Magdalene with a Book and an Ointment Jar

Object Details

Title:

Mary Magdalene with a Book and an Ointment Jar

Artist/Maker(s):

Workshop of Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian (Flemish, active about 1475 - 1515)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Bruges Belgium Ghent Belgium (Place created)

Date:

about 1510 - 1520

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 23.2 x 16.7 cm (9 1/8 x 6 9/16 in.)

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Gloriously robed in pink, blue, green, and shimmering gold, Mary Magdalene stands quietly before a delicately rendered background. Her elaborate headdress and refined features remind the viewer that she was traditionally described as a beautiful young woman living an immoral life in Galilee at the time of Jesus. But the open book and ointment jar in her hands also play a role in telling her story, for she later renounced her sinful ways, anointed Jesus' feet with ointment in penance, and eventually became one of his most devoted followers.

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