The Magdalen in a Landscape

Mary Magdalene is at prayer before a book and a crucifix which is held by an angel; the jar containing the ointment with which she anointed Christ is in the foreground. She appears again in the right background reading in a cave in which, according to her legend, she lived for 30 years. The picture was probably painted in about 1520.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1512; died 1531
Full title
The Magdalen in a Landscape
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on oak
41.4 × 32.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery