Rogier van der Weyden 1399/1400 – 1464

Mary Magdalene (1450)

oil on panel (41 × 34 cm) — ca. 1450 Museum Musée du Louvre, Paris

Rogier van der Weyden biography

This work is linked to John 12:3

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Right panel of the Braque triptych.

This may very well be the finest Flemish 15th century portrait existing. Please note Mary's elegant posture, her splendid clothes and delicate face. In her hand is her usual attribute; the jar with ointment with which she has anointed Jesus' feet.

The text in the top refers to that act as described in John 12. In Latin, it reads "Maria ergo accepit libram ungenti nardi pistici, pretiosi, et unxit pedes Iesu". In KJV-English: "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus".

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