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Workshop of Simone Pignoni

Penitent Magdalene

Property from the Collection of Leona and Nelson Shanks, “Sold Without Reserve”.

Workshop of Simone Pignoni

Workshop of Simone Pignoni

Penitent Magdalene

Penitent Magdalene

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Property from the Collection of Leona and Nelson Shanks,“Sold Without Reserve”.

Workshop of Simone Pignoni

Florence 1611 – 1698

Penitent Magdalene


oil on canvas

canvas: 26⅛ by 19¼ in.; 66.2 by 48.7 cm.

framed: 43½ by 38⅜ in.; 110.5 by 97.5 cm.

Oil on canvas, lined. The picture presents well. There are some slightly discolored retouches visible in the figure's shoulder, chest, arm, forehead, and nose. Under UV light, the majority of the work is obscured by a green fluorescing varnish. Retouches are visible at all four edges. The aforementioned discolored retouches in the figure's shoulder, chest and arm all fluoresce, as do a few additional scattered retouches through her forearm, fingers and at her shoulder. There is extremely fine retouching to the figure's hair and face, likely made to strengthen the composition. The work presents well and can be hung in its current condition. It is in an elaborately carved gold frame.


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This half-length Mary Magdalene depicted as a voluptuous female nude is characteristic of the seventeenth-century Florentine painter Simone Pignoni and artists in his orbit. The Saint’s windswept locks and swirling red drapery heighten the composition’s sense of drama and imbue the image with an effect of swift, graceful movement. This work was likely made by a member of Pignoni’s workshop.