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The Temptation of the Magdalene

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.

Date:

c. 1616/17

Artist:

Jacob Jordaens
Flemish, 1593-1678

About this artwork

In this half-length biblical painting, an aged woman offering tempting jewels—possibly the proprietor of a brothel—and an angel bestowing spiritual guidance battle for the soul of Mary Magdalene. A ghoulish demon emerges from the shadows in the background with a fistful of snakes, a menacing symbol of evil. Jacob Jordaens had already developed his own rich realism, with earthy figures and naturalistic shadows, by the time he executed this early work, probably for an upper-class home in his native Antwerp.

Status

On View, Gallery 208

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Jacob Jordaens

Title

The Temptation of the Magdalene

Origin

Flanders

Date

1611–1622

Medium

Oil on panel

Dimensions

49 11/16 × 38 1/4 in. (126.2 × 96.8 cm)

Credit Line

Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection; anonymous gift in honor of Kate and Morris Kaplan

Reference Number

1991.111

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