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Workshop of Frans Floris, possibly the young Frans Pourbus the Elder

The Penitent Magdalene

Property from a Private Collection, New York

Workshop of Frans Floris, possibly the young Frans Pourbus the Elder

Workshop of Frans Floris, possibly the young Frans Pourbus the Elder

The Penitent Magdalene

The Penitent Magdalene

Property from a Private Collection, New York

Workshop of Frans Floris, possibly the young Frans Pourbus the Elder

Antwerp 1519/20 - 1570

The Penitent Magdalene


oil on panel

panel: 48 ¼ by 31 ⅝ in.; 122.6 by 80.3 cm. 

framed: 55 ½ by 38 ⅞ in.; 141 by 98.7 cm. 

The large panel appears to be made of at least four vertical boards. It is planar, cradled, and stable. The overall image presents strongly beneath a dulled, yellowed, and uneven varnishes, some of which appear to have been selectively cleaned. Some of the she colors preserve some of their vibrancy beneath this varnish level, and some details in her face, hair, and upper costume that appear well-preserved. There are some small scattered losses here and there, primarily concentrated in the lower register and along the joins, some of which have been filled but all of which appear stable. The vertical joins have been stabilized, filled, and retouched, some more broadly than others, as visible to the naked eye. The join on the far right has been further stabilized on the reverse with a modern piece of wood that is visible on the reverse. There are some nicks and scratches to the surface, most visible in the yellow of her skirt. Inspection under further reveals the uneven nature of the varnish, which fluoresces differently in areas and is somewhat gloopy in her upper hand and in her bent knee at left. It also reveals the retouching along the joins and some additional spots of retouching here and there, for example in the background, in her neck and upper shoulder. The painting maybe improved with some sensitive restoration. Offered in a giltwood frame with a painted black band.


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This figure compares closely to the kneeling Magdalene in the central panel of the Triptych of the Penitent Sinners (Church of Saint Léonard in Zoutleeuw), painted in the second half of the 1560s by Frans Floris and his workshop.1  It is possible that the present panel was made in Frans Floris' workshop, and the handling and coloration seems to recall that of the young Frans Pourbus the Elder, who was in Floris' studio by 1564. 


1. See R. Suykerbuyk, "Reformation, renovation, and commemoration: the religious patronage of a Brabantine Lord (Zoutleeuw, 1548-1558)," in Simiolus: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art, vol. 39, no. 1/2, 2017, pp. 57-58, reproduced fig. 15. Or see C. van de Velde, Frans Floris: Leven en Werken, Brussles 1975, vol. I, pp. 328-330, cat. no. 188-192, reproduced vol. II, plate 99.