Title

Mary, Mary: Artemisia’s Magdalenes

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Mary Magdalene has been an important Catholic saint since the early days of Christianity and was a favored symbol of the Counter-Reformation Church. Artemisia Gentileschi painted three narrative and/or devotional images of the saint. Although the first two have received critical attention, no scholar has examined the series as a whole. The three paintings taken together provide insights into Artemisia’s perceptions of the saint, which informed the narratives and iconography of each painting. In each image, and across the series as a whole, Artemisia presents the Magdalene, not merely as a penitent, but as a heroic figure as well.

Comments

Art History Session 3: Art in Context: Reexamining Art with the Period Eye
Mentor: Dr. Anne H. Muraoka

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Start Date

18-2-2017 11:30 AM

End Date

18-2-2017 12:30 PM

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Feb 18th, 11:30 AM Feb 18th, 12:30 PM

Mary, Mary: Artemisia’s Magdalenes

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Room 1306

Mary Magdalene has been an important Catholic saint since the early days of Christianity and was a favored symbol of the Counter-Reformation Church. Artemisia Gentileschi painted three narrative and/or devotional images of the saint. Although the first two have received critical attention, no scholar has examined the series as a whole. The three paintings taken together provide insights into Artemisia’s perceptions of the saint, which informed the narratives and iconography of each painting. In each image, and across the series as a whole, Artemisia presents the Magdalene, not merely as a penitent, but as a heroic figure as well.