Elevation of Mary Magdalene

Maestro della Maddalena Assunta

Active in Ferrara in the first quarter of the sixteenth century


Oil on panel, cm 218 x 172

This painting depicts Mary Magdalene being lifted into the sky by angels who, according to the Golden Legend, fed her during her harsh, self-imposed exile in the desert. At the centre of the poetic landscape, (pared-down and immediate as a Chinese watercolour) is a hermit dressed like an oriental sage, who witnesses the miracle. The work as a whole shows the influence of Perugino, but the figures in the foreground and in the landscape are derived from prints by Dürer and other German engravers.