Noli Me Tangere

Object Details

Title:

Noli Me Tangere

Artist/Maker:

Alessandro Magnasco (Italian, 1667 - 1749)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

1705 - 1710

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

73.PA.72

Dimensions:

144.8 × 109.2 cm (57 × 43 in.)

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Against an architectural backdrop, Mary Magdalene becomes the first witness to Christ's Resurrection. Since he had not yet ascended to heaven, Jesus instructed her not to touch him (Noli me tangere in Latin) and asked her to go to his disciples with the message that he had risen (John 20:11-18).

Alessandro Magnasco filled this tall canvas with picturesque classical ruins, whose shapes echo the curves of the figures' theatrical poses. His energetic brushwork, nervous, sketchy style, and lively approach create around the risen Christ a flurry of drapery that seems to have a life of its own, adding to the drama of the miraculous event.

Provenance
by 1927 - 1937/1938

Ernst Remak (Berlin, Germany), possibly co-owned with his brother Heinrich Remak, by exchange with their cousin, Herbert T. Kalmus, 1938/1939.
Source: Voss, Hermann. Italienische Malerei des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat. (Berlin: Antiquitätenhaus Wertheim, 1927), p. 20, no. 91.

1937/1938 -

Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus (Los Angeles, California), by inheritance to his wife, Mrs. Herbert T. Kalmus.

- 1973

Mrs. Herbert T. Kalmus (Los Angeles, California), sold through Joseph J. Szymanski (Los Angeles, California) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1973.

Exhibitions
Italienische Malerei des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts (May to June, 1927)
  • Antiquitätenhaus Wertheim (Berlin), May to June 1927
Italienische Malerei des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts (May to June, 1935)
  • Nassauisches Landesmuseum (Wiesbaden), May to June 1935
Bibliography

Voss, Hermann. Italienische Malerei des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat. (Berlin: Antiquitätenhaus Wertheim, 1927), p. 20, no. 91.

Italienische Malerei des 17. und. 18. Jahrhunderts, exh. cat. (Wiesbaden: Nassauisches Landesmuseum, 1935), p. 13, no. 127.

Pospisil, Maria. Magnasco (Florence: Fratelli Alinari, 1944), pp. xxii-xxiii, lviin62.

Geiger, Benno. Magnasco (Bergamo: Istituto italiano d'arti grafiche, 1949), pp. 72-73.

Muti, Laura, and Daniele de Sarno Prignano. Alessandro Magnasco (Ravenna: Edit Faenza, 1994), p. 229, no. 169.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 79, ill.