The Magdalen holds a jar of the balm with which she anointed Christ's body. The saint was once held to be the portrait of a lady, but this is unlikely. Several versions of this composition exist; in some the figure has a halo. This picture was probably painted in about 1520.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active about 1483 - 1527
Full title
The Magdalen
Date made
about 1510
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
30 x 20.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
NG2614
Location in Gallery