Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

Martha and Mary Magdalene

oil on canvas (98 × 133 cm) — ca. 1598 Museum Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to John 11:5

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Also known as The Conversion of Mary Magdalen. The scene is not mentioned in any of the gospels. Tradition has it that Martha would often scold Mary for her vanity, symbolized by the mirror and comb.

The woman who acted as model for Mary can also be seen in Judith kills Holofernes.

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