Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

The Penitent Mary Magdalene

oil on canvas (122 × 98 cm) — c. 1595 Museum Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Luke 8:2

The jewelry and the liquor on the floor show the life Mary Magdalene has left behind. She now wants to repent her sins. A tear runs down her face.

It is said that Caravaggio used a prostitute as model for this painting. She is dressed in contemporary clothing.

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