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Penitent Magdalene Gm-00073801

Penitent Magdalene Gm-00073801

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Michele Rocca (Italian (Emilian), 1666–in or after 1751) While contemplating the crucifix, Mary Magdalene clasps her hands in prayer and devoutly kneels with her eyes raised towards the heavens. The agitated drapery of her gown and the white light streaming into her tear-filled eyes convey a deeply emotional and spiritual scene. A vision of angels appears in the sky, and putti sitting beside her hold objects often associated with the penitent Magdalene.

The putto in front, as teary-eyed as the saint, raises a whip in remembrance of Christ's flagellation. In his right hand he holds a skull, reminding the viewer of the inevitable transience of life on earth. The putto in the background holds the vase of ointment that Mary Magdalene used to anoint Christ's feet. The open book in his other hand represents her contemplative nature, connoting her ultimate regret for her earlier sins. The luminous colors and painterly handling in this small cabinet picture contribute to the pervading mood of spiritual ecstasy.

Art Prints are printed on heavy matte finish German art paper using the finest Canon archival inks. Frame is black natural with a white mattboard and Acrylite glazing.

Wall Murals are printed on 42" matte finish, self-adhesive Kodak PhotoText fabric panels that combine and mount easily on a non textured wall surface. We can custom make to any size, just ask.

Stretched Canvas is stretched by hand over 1.5" thick pine bars and printed on cotton poly matte finish canvas. Each canvas is hand coated with Hahnemuhle UV/Archive coating, these are Swiss quality best in industry canvases.


All our images are digitized from the original negative , printed and assembled in Switzerland to museum standards by our master printer.

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Artwork in this collection is from The J. Paul Getty Museum. Reproduction rights are reserved by the copyright owner and used under license by Archivea GmbH. .

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