Magdalene in the Desert
Oil on canvas, 300 x
Oratorio di Santa Maria
The angels in the foreground play with the ointment jar that is
St. Mary Magdalene's attribute. As usual, she is portrayed as a
beautiful woman with long, loose blond hair. Conventional emblems of
the contemplative life surround her: the book, the skull, and the two
crosses. The angels feature prominently in the Golden Legend's account of her life
in the desert.
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