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Statuette - St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (possibly, made)
    Netherlands (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1480-90 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted and gilded oak

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Sigismund Goetze, in memory of her husband

  • Museum number:

    A.12-1940

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture 1300-1600, Room 27, case 4

The saint stands holding the pot of ointment in her left hand. She wears a tight fitting dress with full hanging undersleeves; over this is a mantle, one end of which is caught up over her left arm. Over her long hair is a white head-dress held by a fold bound under her chin. The flesh is painted in natural colours, the mantle is lined with dark blue and the sleeves are crimson lined with green; the remainder of the draperies and the dress is gilded. The dowel-hole at the top of the head (now filled in) indicates how the block of wood was carved. It would have been laid horizontally and turned on a dowel, as the sculptor worked. The back is only roughly finished, as the figure would have stood against a wall, or within an altarpiece.

Physical description

The saint stands holding the pot of ointment in her left hand. She wears a tight fitting dress with full hanging undersleeves; over this is a mantle, one end of which is caught up over her left arm. Over her long hair is a white head-dress held by a fold bound under her chin. The flesh is painted in natural colours, the mantle is lined with dark blue and the sleeves are crimson lined with green; the remainder of the draperies and the dress is gilded.

Place of Origin

Germany (possibly, made)
Netherlands (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1480-90 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Painted and gilded oak

Dimensions

Height: 50.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Mrs Sigismund Goetze in memory of her husband.

Historical significance: The facial features and drapery which envelopes the body point to the Upper Rhine area

Historical context note

The figure would originally have formed part of the Passion group within an altarpiece.

Descriptive line

St. Mary Magdalene; painted and gilded oak; possibly Netherlands; ca.1500-1550.

Labels and date

St Mary Magdalene
About 1480-90

The dowl-hole at the top of the head (now filled in) indicates how the block of wood was carved. It would have been laid horizontally and turned on a dowel, as the sculptor worked. The back is only roughly finished, as the figure would have stood within an altarpiece.

Painted and gilded oak
Germany, Upper Rhine
Museum no. A.12-1940 []

Production Note

probably Upper Rhine

Materials

Oak

Techniques

Painted; Gilded

Categories

Images Online; Sculpture; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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