The Conversion of Mary Magdalene

The story of the conversion of the Magdalen represented here is not told in the Gospels, but is implied by her actions towards Christ.

The work is based on a lost fresco by Federico Zuccaro formerly in the Grimani chapel in S. Francesco della Vigna, Venice, and datable to the early 1560s. The composition was modified to incorporate portraits, presumably of members of Grimani's family. The painting was mentioned in Grimani's will.

Key facts

Artist dates
1503 - 1580
Full title
The Conversion of Mary Magdalene
Date made
about 1562
Medium and support
Oil on panel
29.8 x 58.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1888
Inventory number
Location in Gallery