Mary Magdalen in Penitence

South German
16th century


Object Place: Europe, Germany

Dimensions

16.51 x 9.05 cm (6 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

1983.50

Medium or Technique

Polychrome terracotta

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Painted reddish, terracotta, Mary Magdalen in Penitence. The nude saint with long hair falling over back and shoulders, her left hand at her breast, her right holding the skull, reclines cross-legged on a straw mat. The polychromy (flesh color, brownish hair and mat, grayish-green base) is probably 18th century. The toes of the left foot broken off.

Provenance

1965, Blumka Gallery, New York; May 18, 1965, sold by Blumka to R. Thornton Wilson (b. 1886 - d. 1977), New York; 1983, bequest of R. Thornton Wilson to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1983)

Credit Line

Bequest of R. Thornton Wilson in memory of Florence Ellsworth Wilson