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The Penitent Magdalene

Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish, (1618–April 13, 1683)

Creation date: ca. 1660-1665
Creation place: Spain

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Timken
Accession Number: 1931.2
Dimensions: 63 1/4 in. x 41 1/2 in. (160.66 cm x 105.41 cm)
Currently on view

Provenance

King Louis Philippe, Paris, France ( - 1853)

William Wells, Holmewood, Huntingdonshire, England (1853 - 1890)

F. Kleinberger Galleries, Inc., New York, New York (October, 1930 - January, 1931)

William R. Timken, (January, 1931 - January, 1931)

Henry H. Timken, Canton, Ohio (January, 1931 - January 23, 1931)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 23, 1931 - )

Label Copy

By the mid-1650s, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo was the leading painter in Seville. He became the most famous Spanish painter of the century, apart from Velázquez, whose work was mostly confined to the royal court. Seville was Spain’s primary port and gateway to the Americas. As such it attracted a wealthy international merchant class. Murillo was enormously popular with such patrons.
The Magdalene was an important follower of Jesus who renounced her worldly life to take on that of a hermit. Here she prays in a cave, contemplating life’s fleeting nature, which is represented by the skull (known as a memento mori— a reminder of death and judgment). --MAB 2015

Last Updated: 5/6/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 5/29/1935 - 11/11/1935

Official Art Exhibition of the California Pacific International Exposition Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego , 2/12/1936 - 9/9/1936

Spanish Masters University of California, Los Angeles Art Galleries , 1/25/1960 - 5/1/1960

Modern Masters of Spanish Painting: Legacy of Spain, XXth Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/2/1969 - 3/4/1969

Bartolomé Estban Murillo (1617–1682): Paintings from American Collections Kimbell Art Museum , 3/10/2002 - 10/6/2002

Art of Devotion The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/28/2016 - 00/00/00

Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain The San Diego Museum of Art , 5/18/2019 - 9/2/2019

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Julia Gethman Andrews (DUP). A Catalogue of European Paintings, 1300-1870 San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1947
Page Number: 92-93, Figure Number: 93

The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego Catalogue: San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1960
Page Number: 93, 94, Figure Number: 94

Illustrated Catalogue: Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1935
Page Number: 30, no. 585

Juan Antonio Gaya Nuño. La Pintura Española fuera de España Espasa-Calpe, S. A.. Madrid, España, 1958
Page Number: 245, no. 1896

Illustrated Catalogue of the Official Art Exhibition of the San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 1936
Page Number: 31, no. 360

Paul Lefort. Murillo et ses Élèves, J. Rouam & Cie. Éditeurs. Paris, Françe, 1892
Page Number: 92, no. 369

Diego Angulo Íñiguez. Murillo, Espasa-Calpe, S.A.. Madrid, España, 1981
Page Number: 284-285, no. 362

Diego Angulo Íñiguez. Murillo, Espasa-Calpe, S.A.. Madrid, España, 1981
Page Number: 70, Figure Number: 70

Dr. Reginald H. Poland. The Bulletin of San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, June 1931
Page Number: 1, 2-3, Figure Number: 1

John D. Morse. Old Master Paintings in North America Abbeville Press Publishers. New York, New York, 1979
Page Number: 201

John D. Morse. Old Masters in America: Rand McNally & Company. New York, New York, 1955
Page Number: 116

Patrick Matthiesen. 2001: An Art Odyssey, 1500–1720, Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd.. London, England, 2001
Page Number: 283-284, 285, Figure Number: 5

William R. Wilson. The Los Angeles Times Book of California Museums Harry N. Abrams, Incorporated. New York, New York, 1986
Page Number: 259, 260, Figure Number: 212

Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682): Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. New York, New York, 2002
Page Number: 16, 191 note 31

Suzanne L. Stratton-Pruitt and William B. Jordan. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682): Harry N. Abrams, Inc.. New York, New York, 2002
Page Number: 120, 121, Figure Number: 5

Ancient Evidence: Discovery Communications. Silver Spring, Maryland, 2003
Page Number: ca. 5 minutes, Figure Number: ca. 5 minutes (detail)

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