Gerolamo Pesce
Glory of St. Mary Magdalene (?)

1739
Fresco
Ceiling of the sacristy
Church of La Maddalena, Rome

Literature at the church identifies this as Pesce's Glory of St. Mary Magdalene. But the female figure has the attributes of the "woman clothed with the sun" of Revelation 12:1 – on her head a crown of 12 stars, at her feet a crescent moon and the serpent of Eden that exegesis relates to Revelation's red dragon. Traditional exegesis of Revelation takes this woman to be either the Virgin Mary and/or the Church, but not St. Mary Magdalene. I have not yet seen any other images of the Magdalene in which she is approximated to the woman clothed with the sun.

The figures "below" the woman (see detail) are Camillo de Lellis (on the left, with red crosses on his stole) and St. Philip Neri.

Also see a closer view of the central figure.

More of St. Mary Magdalene

Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.