The Magdalen Reading

The Magdalen is shown with her attribute, the pot of ointment with which she anointed Christ.

This is one of many versions of the composition by Benson. The design may ultimately derive from a figure such as that in 'The Magdalen Reading' by Rogier van der Weyden in this Collection. It seems to have been a popular subject in the Low Countries in the 16th century.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1519; died 1550
Full title
The Magdalen Reading
Date made
possbly about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on oak
41.7 × 37.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1860
Inventory number
Location in Gallery