Mary Magdalene

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1877


◦ Benedetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 328-329.

◦ Fontana, “Mary Magdalene”, 88-100.

◦ Gowans and Gray, Masterpieces of Rossetti, 56.

◦ Marillier, An Illustrated Memorial, 192.

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 1, 148 (no. 250).

◦ Surtees, A Catalogue Raisonné, vol. 2, plate 376.

Scholarly Commentary

Production History

Sometime late in the 1870s, perhaps 1879, DGR projected a two-panelled predella for the picture, showing the Magdalene in two of her famous encounters with Jesus: washing his feet before his crucifixion and helping take his body down from the cross. This predella was never executed.


The jar held by the Magdalene contains the oil with which she annointed the feet of Jesus shortly before he underwent his Passion and Crucifixion.

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