Mary Magdalene, Jan van Scorel, c. 1530

Mary Magdalene, Jan van Scorel, c. 1530

oil on panel, h 66.3cm × w 76cm. More details

The woman is Mary Magdalene. She can be identified by her jar of ointment, which she used to anoint Jesus’s feet. Van Scorel painted her as a seductive, luxuriously dressed courtesan, a reference to her reputed past as a prostitute. Her clothing shows the influence of Italian painting, to which Van Scorel was introduced during his trip to Rome.

Mary Magdalene Saints Immoral women Biblical scenes Mary Jan van Scorel Renaissance

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