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The Penitent Magdalen

The Penitent Magdalen






Sizes : 1.02 m x 1.33 m
Material : Oil on canvas
Acquisition : Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman (1978)
Item 8 on 17
French Painting
Painting

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Description   

Mary Magdalen was a witness of Christ who renounced the pleasures of the flesh for a life of penance and contemplation. She is shown with a mirror, symbol of vanity; a skull, emblem of mortality; and a candle, that may stand for spiritual enlightenment.
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