May 9, 2006

The Ecstasy of St. Mary Magdalene

The Ecstasy of St. Mary Magdalene


Lucas Cranach

(German, 1472-1553)


Image: 24.6 x 14.5 cm (9 11/16 x 5 11/16 in.); Sheet: 24.6 x 14.5 cm (9 11/16 x 5 11/16 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Prasse Collection 1973.230

Catalogue raisonné: Hollstein 94

State: II/II



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

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