The Penitent Magdalene  1652

by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Mary of Magdala is shown kneeling in prayer at the entrance to a dark cave. Wealthy and dissolute and known as 'the sinner', she was converted by Christ and became one of his most devoted followers. She was unfaltering in her faith, grief and love, and as such became a symbol of Christian penitence. The subject of the repentant Magdalene was widespread during the Counter-R...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland