The Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalene

1506
(German, 1472–1553)
Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 94
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According to medieval legend, Mary Magdalene was a fallen woman until she devoted herself to Christ. During her ascetic life in the wilderness, angels raised her aloft seven times a day to hear the music of the heavenly host while her visions of paradise enhanced her radiance. Interested in reviving classical ideals, Renaissance artists such as Lucas Cranach the Elder gave Mary Magdalene a Venus-like body to personify her divine beauty.
The Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalene

The Ecstasy of Saint Mary Magdalene

1506

Lucas Cranach

(German, 1472–1553)
Germany, 16th century

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