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Circle of Guido Reni

Mary Magdalene

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

Circle of Guido Reni

Circle of Guido Reni

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

Estimate:

4,000 - 6,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

Circle of Guido Reni

Mary Magdalene


oil on copper

unframed: 28.8 x 22 cm.; 11⅜ x 8⅝ in.

framed: 40.7 x 35 cm.; 16 x 13¾ in.

The copper plate is flat and stable, the paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals numerous, sensitively-executed retouchings through the Magdalene's face and hands. Larger, more concentrated areas of restoration are found in the upper and lower left corners, in her pink wrap around the ointment jar, and in the right-hand side of her hair. Despite all these, the painting presents very well in its current, recently-cleaned state, and there is no need for further intervention. It is in overall good condition.


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Private collection, Australia.

This painting derives inspiration from one of Reni's most popular subjects, the Penitent Magdalene, which he developed into an idealised devotional image informed as much by Classical sculpture as by the example of Renaissance artists like Raphael. Reni's depictions of the Magdalene range from large full-lengths, such as the work in the cathedral at Volterra,1 to smaller-scale bust- and half-lengths, like the painting in the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore.2


1 http://catalogo.fondazionezeri.unibo.it/scheda/opera/59644/Reni%20Guido%20Incontri%20Camillo%2C%20Santa%20Maria%20Maddalena%20penitente%20e%20angeli

2 https://art.thewalters.org/detail/40183/the-penitent-magdalene-2/