Saint Magdalene

Cristofano Allori17th century

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum
Viseu, Portugal

St. Mary Magdalene, seated at the centre of the composition, is depicted inside a cave, wearing a dark blue tunic and with long, loose, wavy hair. She appears barefoot, with her right arm resting on an open book. Placed on a rock in the lower right corner of the painting is a jar of ointment and a skull, the attributes that are normally associated with St. Mary Magdalene. In the background, the opening of the cave reveals a landscape dotted with trees and an overcast sky laden with grey and white clouds.


  • Title: Saint Magdalene
  • Creator: Cristofano Allori
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 145 cm x 109 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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