Mary Magdalene by Carlo Dolci
Mary Magdalene by Carlo Dolci

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene c1660+70 by Italian Painter Carlo Dolci (1616 – 1686) of the Baroque Period, known for his highly detailed works of religious art.

This portrait of Mary Magdalene as her face illuminated by the light of heaven; and shows her with a halo above her head has she looks towards the heavens, holding in her hand what may be an silver incense jar.

She is wearing wearing a white embroidered blouse and on top of that is a red and orange cloak with repeated embroidered pattern symbols on the leather orange portion of the garment.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Carlo was born in Florence; the grandson of a painter on his mothers side of the family who at a very early age apprenticed with Italian Baroque Jacopo Vignali (1592 – 1664).

Unlike many other painters Carlo was not a prolific painter; many times taking weeks working on just one part of the human body.

This made him unsuited for large scale fresco, and so he mainly painted small scale and half body length portraits; although he did paint some full length portraits as well.

Since Dolci was a devoted Christian much of his work is religious in nature, demonstrating his strong belief and faith. He also had a daughter Agnese Dolci (1635 – 1686), who was an accomplished artist in her own right that helped produced copies of his works.

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