CRANACH, Lucas the Elder
(b. 1472, Kronach, d. 1553, Weimar)

St Mary Magdalen

Oil and tempera on beechwood, 48 x 30 cm
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne

The figure of the saint, with her strict frontality, corresponds to the type of isolated image of a standing saint. She appears as a Gothic portal figure.

The painting is dated in the sandy ground at bottom left, and signed below with the winged serpent facing right.