The Worldly Life of Mary Magdalene, Lucas van Leyden, 1519

The Worldly Life of Mary Magdalene, Lucas van Leyden, 1519

engraving, h 292mm × w 398mm. More details

The print portrays the sinful, worldly life of Mary Magdalene before she became a follower of Jesus. In a landscape with amorous couples she dances timidly to the music of a piper and a drummer. Only a tiny detail alludes to her later life: far in the distance, near the rock, she is being being lifted to heaven by four angels.

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