Saint Mary Magdalene

There are versions of this subject by Reni in a number of other collections and the Magdalen's head in this painting seems to derive from a full-length painting of her in the Galleria Nazionale, Rome.

A date in the mid-1630s has been suggested for this painting. This period was one in which Reni's style took a new direction with a generally paler palette.

In 1786 this painting was engraved by Bouilliard.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1575 - 1642
Full title
Saint Mary Magdalene
Date made
about 1634-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
79.3 x 68.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1840
Inventory number
NG177
Location in Gallery