On the Sunday morning after the Crucifixion, Mary Magdalene visited the tomb of Jesus, but found it empty. The story is recounted in the New Testament (John 20), and Mary Magdalene is here identified by the pot of ointment with which she anointed Christ's body, and by the glimpse of her traditional red dress beneath a silver-grey cloak. She was the first person to see Christ after the Resurrection.

Several other versions of this composition by Savoldo are known. The landscape background appears to represent Venice and its lagoon.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1480 - about 1548
Full title
Mary Magdalene
Date made
about 1535-40
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
89.1 x 82.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1878
Inventory number
NG1031
Location in Gallery