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Mary Magdalen

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Mary Magdalene can be identified from her attribute, the jar of ointment. First and foremost, this picture recalls the Bible story in Luke 7:37-38. ‘And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house. She brought an alabaster box of ointment and stood at his feet behind him weeping. Her tears made his feet wet, and she dried them with the hairs of her head. She kissed them again and again and anointed them with ointment.’ Tradition has identified this anonymous woman as Mary Magdalene who, after all, was a repented public woman and thus also known as a sinner.
The panel can be attributed with certainty to the German master Stefan Lochner; only twenty paintings are known to be by him. It initially formed the inside of a side panel of a small triptych. Probably the rear was also painted, but the panel has been sawn in two. Front and back were therefore separated from each other.

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Title Mary Magdalen
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 13 cm
Height 43 cm
Artists Painter: Stefan Lochner
Accession number 2459 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1445 - 1450
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
External exhibitions Van Eyck tot Dürer (2010)
Boijmans bij de Buren - REMIX ROTTERDAM, Boijmans X Wereldmuseum (2020)
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Stefan Lochner

Meersburg circa 1410 - Keulen 1451

Stefan Lochner's year of birth is unknown. He was active in Cologne from 1442 and died in 1451. Lochner is the most famous master of the Cologne school and an...

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