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The statue of St. Mary Magdalene in Louvre museum, Paris. Except for adding a frame and slight increase in contrast, no cropping has been done. The blurred figure in the fg is that of our guide and a few visitors too can be seen…..
This unusual nude figure represents St. Mary Magdalene as a mystic ascetic. According to legend, the repentant sinner lived a secluded life in the cave of Sainte-Baume, clothed only by her hair. Every day she was raised up in the sky by angels to hear the heavenly chorus. The statue appeared on the German art market in the 19th century and was purchased by the Louvre in 1902.
The saint was originally held up by carved angels. Encased in an oval metal structure, the wooden statue was suspended from the vault of a church, perhaps the church of St. Mary Magdalene in the Dominican convent of Augsburg, which was rebuilt in 1513-15. It must have been seen in the round, since the back is as carefully carved and colored as the front. The statue was later taken down and the angels were removed.
This Mary Magdalene is attributed to Gregor Erhart through comparison with the Virgin of Mercy of Kaisheim carved by the sculptor in 1502-03 (Staatliche Museen, Berlin, destroyed in 1945). Trained in Ulm, in Swabia, by his father Michael Erhart (mentioned in Ulm from 1469 to 1522), Gregor moved to Augsburg in 1494 where he became an important master sculptor. The beauty of the face, with its firm regular features chiseled from the lime wood with great subtlety, is accentuated by the original polychromy, which is pale and very refined in the Gothic tradition.
Gregor Erhart here produced his masterpiece, a brilliant creation of Nordic humanism in the late Middle Ages, on the threshold of the Renaissance.
----source- from the web page of Louvre museum. http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/st-mary-magdalene, http://www.louvre.fr/en/mediaimages/st-mary-magdalene

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  • Copyright: Ranjan Majumdar (rmajum) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 113 W: 22 N: 251] (1207)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Cor
  • Date Taken: 2011-06-11
  • Categories: Arte
  • Exposição: f/2.8, 1/10 segundos
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  • Versão da Foto: Versão Original
  • Date Submitted: 2012-03-26 5:19
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