While angels carry her toward heaven, Mary Magdalene prays, naked save for the covering of her abundant hair. According to The Golden Legend, a popular medieval compilation of saints' lives, the former sinner repented of her ways and retired to the wilderness outside of Marseilles in France after Jesus' Crucifixion. While living as a hermit there, "every day at the seven canonical hours she was carried aloft by angels and with her bodily ears heard the glorious chants of the celestial hosts."


  • Title: Mary Magdalene Borne Aloft
  • Creator: Taddeo Crivelli
  • Date created: about 1469
  • Location created: Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 10.8 × 7.9 cm (4 1/4 × 3 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Folio
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 83.ML.109.190v
  • Culture: Italian
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 13, fol. 190v
  • Creator Display Name: Taddeo Crivelli (Italian, died about 1479, active about 1451 - 1479)
  • Classification: Manuscripts (Documents)

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