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Drawing - Penitient Magdalen and an Angel
  • Penitient Magdalen and an Angel
    Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651
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Penitient Magdalen and an Angel

  • Object:

    Drawing

  • Place of origin:

    Netherlands (possibly, drawn)

  • Date:

    1649 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Drawn with a pen, on prepared paper, washed with sepia, and heightened

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:

    DYCE.395

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Mary Magdalen kneeling in prayer, her vase and book on a rock by her side; a cherub descending; Drawn with a pen, on prepared paper, washed with sepia, and heightened; Dated 1649.

Place of Origin

Netherlands (possibly, drawn)

Date

1649 (made)

Artist/maker

Abraham Bloemaert, born 1564 - died 1651 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Drawn with a pen, on prepared paper, washed with sepia, and heightened

Marks and inscriptions

Dated by the artist, at lower right, in dark brown ink 1649; and inscribed above this, also in brown ink (with museum's Dyce inv. no.), 395. Inscribed on mount at lower right, in a nineteenth-century hand, in pencil (with Dyce's original inv. no.), 217.

Dimensions

Height: 262 mm, Width: 189 mm

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Penitient Magdalen and an Angel'; by Abraham Bloemaert, drawn with a pen, on prepared paper, washed with sepia; Dutch school; 1649.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, Vol. I, Cat. 33, illus. p.76.

Labels and date

Abraham Bloemaert made this drawing during the last years of his long life. A devout Catholic, he spent most of his career in Utrecht, a Catholic stronghold in the predominately Protestant Dutch Republic. Scenes of the penitent Mary Magdalen atoning for her sins were especially popular during the Catholic Counter- Reformation. Bloemaert depicted the subject several times. []

Materials

Pen; Prepared paper; Sepia

Techniques

Drawing; Wash technique; Heightening

Subjects depicted

Cherub; Vase; Book

Categories

Drawings

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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