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Mary Magdalene
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17th Century
Guido RENI
Mary Magdalene
[Maria Maddalena]
Oil on canvas
231 x 152 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, Roma

Reni dominated the Bolognese school in the 17th century and boasted he ‘could paint heads with their eyes uplifted a hundred different ways’ to express divine inspiration. Mary Magdalene in the grotto of St Baume devoted herself for 30 years in penance, living frugally on root vegetables.

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