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Titian: Penitent Mary Magdalene (1531)

Titian 1487/90 – 1576

Penitent Mary Magdalene (1531)

oil on panel (84 × 69 cm) — c. 1531-35 Museum Palazzo Pitti, Florence

Titian biography

This work is linked to Luke 8:2

This is one of several paintings that Titian devoted to Mary Magdelene. It shows her with a passionate devotion. Mary's modest pose is that of the classical beauty Venus.

This painting shows strong resemblance to a 1565 version. One of the main differences is that in this version Mary's breasts are not covered.

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