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Saint Mary Magdalene
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Saint Mary Magdalene

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Description This figure of Mary Magdalene, identified by the ointment jar, is probably from a group of the Three Marys at the Tomb. On Easter morning, the women approached the tomb of Christ in order to anoint the body. Mary Magdalene's surprise at finding the tomb empty is delicately expressed by her raised right hand and backward step. Such carved wooden statues came from a church interior. Most statues of this type were originally covered by gesso (a mixture of glue and plaster of Paris) and then painted in vibrant colors, with some details gilded; only traces of these decorations still remain.
Date Description Narrative
4/10/1974Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation; other
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1480-1530 (Late Medieval)
wood (pine), paint
Accession Number
46 7/8 in. (119 cm)


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