CIRCLE OF SIMON VOUET | PENITENT MARY MAGDALENE WITH ROSARY, IN A CAVE
CIRCLE OF SIMON VOUET
PENITENT MARY MAGDALENE WITH ROSARY, IN A CAVE
oil on canvas
canvas: 38 by 32 in.; 96.5 by 81.3 cm.
framed: 45½ by 39 in.; 115.6 by 99.2 cm.
The canvas is lined. The image reads well, though the paint surface has thinned in the darker hues. Stretcher bar marks run horizontally from the extreme edges through the center of the canvas, a little underneath the sitter's neck. Stable craquelure is visible in the lighter tones. Inspection under UV is difficult to read due to a thick varnish, though scattered spots of retouching to the white sleeves, and skin of the Magdalene fluoresce. An area of old repair is at center where her hair falls. The ground at bottom fluoresces unevenly. Painting is offered framed.
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Anonymous sale, Monaco, Sotheby's, 7 - 8 December 1990, lot 76 (as Bolognese School, 17th century).
This painting has the stylistic hallmarks of paintings made by members of Simon Vouet's circle. Although Vouet depicted the Magdalene on multiple occasions, this composition appears to be an invention of this anonymous artist.