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Maria Magdalene singing with the lute

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Appearances are deceptive. At first glance this is a genre work, like the painting of the young women making music next to it. But this panel is not just any young woman; the ointment jar on the window sill tells us that it is Mary Magdalene. The beloved she holds more dear than her husband, according to the song, is therefore not her lover but Jesus Christ.

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Title Maria Magdalene singing with the lute
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 43.5 cm
Height 56.5 cm
Artists Schilder: Meester van de Vrouwelijke Halffiguren
Accession number 1505 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1847
Age artist Between 25 and 30 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De ontdekking van het dagelijks leven - van Bosch tot Bruegel (2015)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Antwerp > Belgium > Western Europe > Europe

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Meester van de Vrouwelijke Halffiguren

werkzaam Antwerpen 1500 - werkzaam Antwerpen 1530

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