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Flemish, Antwerp, circa 1500
MARY MAGDALEN FROM A CRUCIFIXION GROUP
Estimate
14,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
19
Flemish, Antwerp, circa 1500
MARY MAGDALEN FROM A CRUCIFIXION GROUP
Estimate
14,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 23,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Flemish, Antwerp, circa 1500
MARY MAGDALEN FROM A CRUCIFIXION GROUP

Provenance

Galerie Hofstätter, Vienna;
Purchased by Dr. Rudolf Kremayr on 10 October 1962, and thence by descent.

Catalogue Note

The present statuette is a fine example of early 16th-century woodcarving and polychromy. It also illustrates the religious devotion with which such works were made and regarded as well as Antwerp's taste for extravagant fashion in the 16th century.
Representations of Mary Magdalen such as this were typical features of Crucifixion scenes on Flemish altarpieces. A Passion altarpiece from Antwerp in the Louvre (inv. no. RF 1769) shows a similar figure. A small group of independent figures can be found in Aachen's Suermondt-Ludwig Museum (inv. nos. SK 259, 260, 433 and 435).
The polychromy in the face is also seen in religious sculpture of Antwerp of the time; attendants of Passion scenes were painted with red around the eyes and cheeks to heighten the expressiveness of the figures. A good comparison is the Mary Magdalen in the Louvre's Lamentation (OA 5528).

RELATED LITERATURE
E.G. Grimme, Europäische Bildwerke vom Mittelalter zum Barock, cat. Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Aachen/ Cologne, 1977, pp. 58-59, nos. 107-110, figs. 99-102; S. Guillot de Suduiraut, Sculptures brabançonnes du Musée du Louvre. Bruxelles, Malines, Anvers XVe-XVIe siècles, cat. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2001, pp.112-122 and 148-151, nos. 17 and 31

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