Regrann from @portraitsofsaints - .
Happy Feast Day
Saint Mary Magdalene
Feast day: July 22
Patronage: #contemplative life, #converts , glove makers, #hairdressers , penitent sinners, sexual temptation
#StMaryMagdalene has been called the second-most important woman in the New Testament after Mary the mother of Jesus. #MaryMagdalen traveled with Jesus as one of His followers. She was present at Jesus' two most important moments: the #crucifixion and the resurrection. Within the four #Gospels , the oldest historical record mentioning her name, she is named at least 12 times, more than most of the apostles. The Gospel references describe her as courageous, brave enough to stand by Jesus in his hours of suffering, death and beyond.
This late 16th-century Northern Russian icon of the Crucifixion (63 x 44 cm) was part of the famous O’Meara collection which was sold in Brussels in 1928. Recently, the icon was sold by Morsink Icon Gallery. ~
Another icon from the same feast tier, representing the Entrance of the Virgin into the Temple, which was also part of the O’Meara Collection, is currently in the collection of the Recklinghausen Ikonenmuseum in Germany (Inv. No.88). ~
In the orthodox church, the crucifixion emphasizes Christ's victory over death. The scene on the icon is painted against an olive green ground. Christ's body is shown attached to the cross, his arms slightly bent at the elbows and his legs turned, pushing his hip slightly outward. The cross stands on a rocky ground representing Mount Golgotha. The city walls of Jerusalem are shown in the background. Christ’s head falls forward against his right shoulder. Longinus the Roman centurion, having seen Christ’s suffering, believed in Him as the Son of God. On the icon St. Longinus is depicted standing right from the cross behind St John the Evangelist, who was charged by Jesus Christ to take care of his mother (“This is the mother of yours”). Left of the cross stands the mourning Mother of God, behind her are the two other Maries. At the foot of the cross in a dark cave lies the skull of Adam, the first man. Two angels to the upper left and to the upper right side are mourning Christ’s death, showing respect with covered hands.
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‘Francisco de Zurbarán cultivated a variety of genres over the course of his career, including still life, portraiture and history painting, but the majority of his works were religious.’
Cristian Albu (@cristiandanielalbu), our Post-War and Contemporary Art specialist in London, introduces this Zurbarán painting – a highlight of our Sacred Noise exhibition, on view at our King Street gallery until 21 July.
‘One of his religious subjects was Christ on the cross, which he depicted at least a dozen times with numerous variants between 1627 – when he crafted “Christ Crucified”, his masterpiece at the Art Institute of Chicago – and his work from 1655, which is currently on display, “Christ on the Cross, with the Virgin and Saints Mary Magdalene and John the Evangelist”.’
Francisco De Zurbarán (1598–1664), ‘Christ on the Cross, with the Virgin and Saints Mary Magdalene and John the Evangelist’. Oil on canvas, 83 ½ x 64 ¼ in. (212 x 163 cm.).
Sacred Noise – until 21 July at Christie’s London.