Saint Mary Magdalene  1635

by Giacomo Galli

IIn the New Testament, Mary from the town of Magdala was one of Christ's most loyal followers. Later tradition associated her with a reformed prostitute. The merging of these identities produced emotionally powerful images of a remorseful yet alluring young woman, meditating on death. Many people kept skulls for meditational purposes. Spadarino is one of several painters i...
H: 52 3/8 x W: 38 7/8 in. (133 x 98.7 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum