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Catalog number 88.1.19
Artist N/A
Title Mary Magdalene at the Foot of the Cross
Object Name Sculpture
Description Figurine of Mary Magdalene at the Foot of Christ's Cross. She is depicted kneeling and embracing the base of the cross. Section from an alterpiece of the Passion, probably the central Crucifixion scene.

Representations of Mary Magdalene most often picture her as a prostitute and adulteress. With images of her long hair flowing down her shoulders, she stands for sin, warning viewers not to follow in her path. In this delicate wooden sculpture, however, Mary Magdalene has no such characteristics. Her headdress is carved with delicate patterned details and her clothing is captured with softness and grace. While she proffers her hands and head to signal her surrender of love for Jesus Christ, she is not depicted at any specific moment from the Gospel. The small size of the sculpture suggests that it served as a personal devotional object, probably for home worship. The use of wood for sculpture is typical in northern Europe where stone was not prevalent. (HI)

Hana Isoda in "Re-Forming the Image in Northern Europe in the Dutch Golden Age", ex. cat. G -T M, Queens College, CUNY, February 4-April 27, 2013
Medium/Material Carved walnut
Dimensions H-2 W-1.75 L-1 D-0.886 inches
Year Range from 1400.0
Year Range to 1500.0
Search Terms Renaissance
15th century AD
Europe
Netherlands
Liturgical
Devotional
Death
Cross
Crucifix
Carving
Mary Magdalene
Christian
Figure
Biblical
New Testament
Religious
Exhibition and Publication History * "Joseph Ternbach; Collector, Connoisseur," Klapper, 1984, #64, p.45, ill and diss., Williams
Culture Southern Netherlandish