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Mary Magdalene with a Book and an Ointment Jar

Workshop of Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilianabout 1510 - 1520

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Gloriously robed in pink, blue, green, and shimmering gold, Mary Magdalene stands quietly before a delicately rendered background. Her elaborate headdress and refined features remind the viewer that she was traditionally described as a beautiful young woman living an immoral life in Galilee at the time of Jesus. But the open book and ointment jar in her hands also play a role in telling her story, for she later renounced her sinful ways, anointed Jesus' feet with ointment in penance, and eventually became one of his most devoted followers.

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  • Title: Mary Magdalene with a Book and an Ointment Jar
  • Creator: Workshop of Master of the First Prayer Book of Maximilian
  • Date: about 1510 - 1520
  • Location Created: Bruges, Belgium
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 23.2 x 16.7 cm (9 1/8 x 6 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 264v
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. Ludwig IX 18, fol. 264v
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture: Flemish
  • Classification: Manuscripts

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