In a landscape full of captivating detail, the artist has compressed three episodes of Saint Mary Magdalene's exemplary life: in the foreground she promenades at dawn after a night of revelry; in the middle she rides out stag hunting in the midday sun; while in the far distance, outside the mountain cave where she fasted in solitary penitence for the last thirty years of her life, angels lift her heavenward for a celestial feast. In each scene, Mary Magdalene wears a halo to mark her future sainthood.


  • Title: The Dance of St. Mary Magdalene
  • Date: 1519
  • Location: Netherlands
  • Physical Dimensions: w15.5 x h11.31 in (Image and sheet)
  • Provenance: Purchased with the Alice Newton Osborn Fund, the Lola Downin Peck Fund, the Print Revolving Fund, and with funds contributed by various donors, 1979
  • Type: Prints
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Engraving
  • Artist/Maker: Lucas van Leyden, Netherlandish (active Leiden), c. 1494 - 1533

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