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Mary Magdalene (?)
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Mary Magdalene (?)

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Description Lucas Cranach the Elder, the greatest German artist of the 16th century after Albrecht Dürer, painted several small images of beguiling young women-often superficially justified by a moral association for the private enjoyment of his aristocratic male patrons. Indeed, this attractive young woman in rich attire sends mixed signals. Her hair hangs loosely, so she is a not a married woman, whose hair would be discretely controlled. In a formal portrait, this would indicate that she is a virgin. However, she engages the viewer directly with an unabashed gaze and an expression suggesting familiarity. This would be inappropriate for an unmarried woman of a respectable family. Her gold jewelry and velvet dress is fashionable, but she wears no high-necked blouse under it. This provocative young woman is probably meant to represent Mary Magdalene, often said to have been a prostitute before she met Christ.
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
12/29/1975Examinationexamined for catalogue.
12/29/1975Examinationexamined for condition; x-ray
8/20/1986Treatmentcoated; inpainted; other
5/30/1990Treatmentloss compensation
11/12/1990Examinationexamined for condition
11/17/1990Technical Reportchemical analysis
11/29/1990Treatmentexamined for condition
4/14/1992Examinationexamined for condition
12/09/1992Technical Reportchemical analysis; examined for technical study
2/29/2000Examinationexamined for loan
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, between 1903 and 1909 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1903-1909

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ca. 1525 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
14 5/16 x 10 1/8 in. (36.3 x 25.7 cm)


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