GENTILESCHI, Artemisia
(b. 1593, Roma, d. ca. 1653, Napoli)

The Penitent Mary Magdalen

1620-25
Oil on canvas, 146 x 109 cm
Galleria Palatina (Palazzo Pitti), Florence

The Magdalen appears on her own often in the seventeenth century, as a figure of penitence for her earlier sinful life. Although she still wears a costly dress, she is barefoot and disheveled.