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Saint Mary Magdalene

Panel from an altarpiece; other panels are in the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo; and a private collection

Bergognone (Ambrogio di Stefano da Fossano), Italian (active Lombardy), documented 1481 - 1522

Made in Italy, Europe

c. 1515

Oil on panel

49 1/8 x 17 1/16 inches (124.8 x 43.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 250, European Art 1500-1850, second floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 259

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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The penitent Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Christ with oil and dried them with her hair; she is, therefore, often depicted with long, flowing hair and holding an ointment jar. Bergognone portrays her with the serene naturalism that became prevalent in his later style as a result of his contact with Leonardo da Vinci.

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