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23 May 2009

Magdalenes by Ribera


Mary Magdalene in the Desert (1641). José de Ribera. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.


Penitent Magdalene. José de Ribera. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image courtesy of Art.com.


Penitent Magdalene
(c. 1638-1640). José de Ribera. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.


Assumption of Mary Magdalene (1636). José de Ribera. Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

De Ribera's painting of Mary Magdalene in the Desert has been one of my favorites for a long time. From Wikipedia:

Jusepe de Ribera (01/12/1591 - 09/02/1652) was a Spanish Tenebrist painter and printmaker, also known as José de Ribera in Spanish and as Giuseppe Ribera in Italian.

He was also called by his contemporaries and early writers Lo Spagnoletto, or "the Little Spaniard." Ribera was a leading painter of the Spanish school, although his mature work was all done in Italy.

The Magdalene also appears at the foot of the Cross and at Christ's feet in the following paintings by de Ribera:


Crucifixion
(c. 1620). José de Ribera. Collegiata di Osuna, Osuna
. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.


Pietà (1637). José de Ribera. Museo di San Martino, Naples. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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