The Last Moments of Saint Mary Magdalene
Predella panel from an altarpiece from the convent of Sant'Elisabetta delle Convertite, Florence, the main panel of which is in the Courtauld Institute Galleries, London (The Lee Collection, 61); companion to three panels in the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Cat. 44, 45, 46)
Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi), Italian (active Florence and Rome), 1445 - 1510
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This panel, along with Cat. 44, Cat. 45, and Cat. 46, were originally painted on one continuous plank of wood, which formed the predella, or base, of an altarpiece. Botticelli carefully developed the perspective of the architecture and landscape and included painted frames resembling windows around each scene. When the altarpiece was disassembled in the 1800s, the plank was sawed into the four units now in the Museum's collection.