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The Penance of Mary Magdalene

According to the legend, during her last thirty years in France, Mary Magdalene devoted herself to solitary penance for the sins of her past life. This legend is connected to the belief that she was the sister of Martha and Lazarus of Bethany. Artwork depicting Mary in penance usually show her in a desert or rocky landscape, sometimes with a cave, and with a skull or a crucifix.

Related:   Ecstasy, Dwelling with Angels, Apotheosis   Other Portraits of Mary, Called Magdalene

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St. Mary Magdalene
UNKNOWN; Netherlandish Master

St. Magdalene
VALENTIN de Boulogne

Mary Magdalene penitent
VOS, CornÚlis de

St. Magdalene penitent
VOS, Marten de

St. Mary Magdalene
VOUET, Simon

Magdalene repentant
VOYEZ, Nicolas-Joseph

St. Magdalene penitent (detail)
Zaganelli, Bernardino di Bosio, After

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