The Magdalen

The figures on the jar the Magdalen holds may be Cain and Abel. The rocks in the background represent La Sainte-Baume in Provence, where she is said to have spent many years in penitence.

This painting has in the past been ascribed to the Master of 1518.

Key facts

Artist dates
active early 16th century
Full title
The Magdalen
Date made
before 1524-6
Medium and support
Oil on oak
52.7 × 34.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Queen Victoria at the Prince Consort's wish, 1863
Inventory number
Location in Gallery