Domenico Piola
Magdalene in the Desert

1674
Oil on canvas, 300 x 198 cm
Oratorio di Santa Maria Maddalena, Laigueglia

he angels in the foreground play with the ointment jar that is St. Mary Magdalene's attribute. As usual, she is portrayed as a beautiful woman with long, loose blond hair. Conventional emblems of the contemplative life surround her: the book, the skull, and the two crosses. The angels feature prominently in the Golden Legend's account of her life in the desert.

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