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Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

Penitent Magdalene

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Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Sold Without Reserve

Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

Penitent Magdalene

Penitent Magdalene

Estimate:

4,000

to
- 6,000 USD

Lot sold:

11,970

USD

Sold Without Reserve

Circle of Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian

Penitent Magdalene


oil on canvas, unframed

canvas: 38 ⅛ by 31 ⅞ in.; 97 by 81 cm.

The canvas is lined and stable on its stretcher. The image reads relatively well beneath an old and discolored varnish. Some old retouching is beginning to discolor on scattered areas of the composition and frame abrasion is visible on the center of the left edge. No losses are visible though the paint layer is an uneven texture. Under UV inspection, the varnish is yellow and milky and obscures any specific areas of retouching, but an old campaign in the upper right background is visible. The painting would likely improve with a cleaning and fresh varnish. Offered unframed.


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Titian painted the Penitent Magdalene in two versions: his 1531 version shows the saint unclothed and with a sparse background, and his 1565 version shows her clothed and with a skull and book. The present lot is based on Titian's later Penitent Magdalene, now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, though the face of this figure is instead reminiscent of the face in Titian's earlier Magdalene, now in the Uffizi Gallery.