St Mary Magdalene

David Teniers the Younger

Photo: UMJ/N. Lackner

David Teniers the Younger (1610–1690)


St Mary Magdalene

Oil on canvas

Inv. no. 627

Penitent Mary Magdalene


The scene of the pictorial action is a hermit cave, home to the most prominent penitent in the Catholic calendar of saints, St. Mary Magdalene, who devotes herself entirely to asceticism and meditation. Seclusion from and renunciation of secular life are the main hallmarks of early monasticism; they shaped the ascetic self-image of the great reformed Orders. In its constant struggle against laxity and secularisation, the Counter-Reformation came to see a reinvigorated role model in the type of the selfless ascetic with his “joyful penitence”. Believers were expected to emulate their religious devotion and intense piety.

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