The Magdalen Weeping

The Magdalen holds the jar of ointment with which she anointed Christ. The pot is mounted in gold and appears to be made of a semi-precious blue-grey stoone, intricately carved. Around her neck is a rosary, a rare representation of a rosary-necklace in art. The colourful doublet and expensive textiles allude to the Magdalen's sinful past. The artist was evidently active in Brussels.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1483 - 1527
Full title
The Magdalen Weeping
Date made
about 1525
Medium and support
Oil on oak
52.7 x 38.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery