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Saint Mary Magdalene borne by Angels
Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni

Mary Magdalene, clothed only in her hair, is being carried to heaven by angels. This is one of the four lunette frescoes (transferred to canvas) of the life of Mary Magdalene from the Massimi chapel in the church of SS. Trinità de' Monti, Rome. The four evangelists in the vault, the lunettes, stucco and other ornaments in the chapel were painted by Giulio Romano, assisted by Gianfrancesco Penni.

Two drawings (Chatsworth, Devonshire collection; New York, Pierpont Morgan Library) are thought to relate to two of the other narratives in the lunettes. The rest of the decoration was completed by Perino del Vaga (1500 - 1547). The lunettes must have been completed before Giulio's departure for Mantua in 1524 and a date of about 1520-1 has been suggested.

Key facts
Artist Giulio Romano and Gianfrancesco Penni
Artist dates 1499? - 1546; 1496? - 1528
Full title Saint Mary Magdalene borne by Angels
Date made possibly about 1520-1
Medium and support Fresco, transferred and mounted on canvas
Dimensions 165.1 x 236.2 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Lord Overstone, 1852
Inventory number NG225
Location in Gallery Gallery A: Paintings 1250-1600
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