Christ on the Cross with Mary Magdalene

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

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1640/50

Artist:

Follower of Simon Vouet
French, 1590-1649

About this artwork

This small painting showing the grief-stricken Saint Mary Magdalene alone at the foot of the cross was probably intended as a private devotional work. The same expressive figure of Magdalene appears in more complex treatments of the Crucifixion and the Lamentation by followers of Simon Vouet. Having worked in Rome before returning to Paris as first painter to Louis XIII in 1627, Vouet was a gifted teacher, attracting many students and collaborators to his Paris workshop. Vouet's followers Charles Poërson, Michel Dorigny, and François Perrier have all suggested as the author of this painting. Though the artist remains unidentified, his debt to Vouet's weighty figure types, active draper, and rich colors is clear.

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European Painting and Sculpture

Artist

Follower of Simon Vouet

Title

Christ on the Cross with Mary Magdalene

Origin

France

Date

1640–1650

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed at top of cross: INRI

Dimensions

29 5/16 × 21 7/8 in. (74.4 × 55.6 cm)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of the Harold T. Martin Trust

Reference Number

1978.423

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