This beautiful portrait in profile, titled Mary Magdalene, is a painting by the Pre-Raphaelite Frederick Sandys, a disciple of Rossetti, one of the movement’s founders. Painted between 1858 and 1869, Mary Magdalene is surrounded by a rich damask background and holds a cup in her hand while wearing a rich pale pink dress and a luxurious floral shawl.
This subject is the only biblical figure painted by Sandys. It is interesting to see that Sandys never painted any other biblical figure. The choice of Mary Magdalene appears less trivial then. The ambiguity of the character (who has seen her story altered with time) creates a mystery.
It allows some subtle erotism to transpire from what would otherwise be considered a purely religious painting and contributes to its attractiveness for art collectors and decor enthusiasts alike. This painting has plenty of details, whether it is on the dark-green upholstery or in the details of Mary Magdalene’s dress, and will continuously create a focal point in a room.
The identity of Mary Magdalene is confirmed by the alabaster ointment cup the woman is holding in her hands. Thought to have been used to anoint Jesus before his death by Mary Magdalene, it has become a traditional attribute to the Saint. Acquired by Samuel Bancroft in 1894, one of the principal Pre-Raphaelite collectors, the painting is now exhibited in the Delaware Art Museum.
While it is supposed Sandys used Lizzie Siddal (Rossetti’s wife) as his model, it has never been confirmed. However, a pure and nearly transcended beauty emanates from this female figure. The delicate strawberry blond hair cascade along Mary Magdalene’s back and
accentuate the pallor of her face. The forest-green damask in the background makes the woman stand out and gives the scene a rich aspect. Mary Magdalene’s dreamy look and half-open mouth create a dreamy sensuality that the viewers will never grow weary of.
The Soul of Art is offering you the opportunity to purchase a quality art print of this masterpiece and lets you choose the way you want it. Whether you are looking for the perfect canvas print to enhance your interior for a soft and lavish finish or merely want to send a thoughtful note to a fellow art lover with a beautiful postcard, we have a format to suit your needs.
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Appealing to the romantic souls and art lovers alike, Mary Magdalene is a beautiful portrait of feminity that will never cease to please the eye and offer a calm and nearly pious canvas for reflection.