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Noli me tangere
Probably by Jacopo di Cione
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This small picture shows the moment that Christ, resurrected after death, appeared to Mary Magdalene. Mary – identifiable by her red robes and her long, flowing hair – had gone to Christ’s tomb to anoint his body with spices. She found it empty. Christ appeared to her, but as she reached out he stopped her, saying, ‘Do not hold me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father’ (noli me tangere means, in Latin, ‘do not touch me’).

The picture came from the uppermost part of a large altarpiece dedicated to ‘All Saints’ (Ognissanti). It was made for the monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence. The altarpiece was probably commissioned by the monks in honour of a man called Franceschino di Ser Berto degli Albizzi, who had left money to the monastery in his will.

Key facts
Artist Probably by Jacopo di Cione
Artist dates documented 1365; died 1398 -1400
Full title Noli me tangere
Date made about 1368-70
Medium and support Egg tempera on wood
Dimensions 56 x 38.2 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Henry Wagner, 1924
Inventory number NG3894
Location in Gallery Room 60
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