Predella for a picture of the Magdalene

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1879?


Works (1911), 638.

Scholarly Commentary


This subject for an unexecuted predella for his 1877 oil painting of the Magdalene is described in a small notebook now in the British Library. If completed, it would have had two sides: one depicting Mary Magdalen annointing the feet of Christ, and another showing her clinging to the foot of the cross at the Deposition. The first is a scene taken from John 12: 3-8 (the woman is identified as Mary only in John's account), and the second from all four gospels (e.g., Mark 15: 40-47).

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