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Image of The Penitent Magdalene

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The Penitent Magdalene

Previously attributed to Jusepe de Ribera (AKA Lo Spagnoletto), Spanish, (1591–September 3, 1652)
Giulio Cesare Procaccini, Italian, (1574–1625)
Previously attributed to Angelo Caroselli, Italian, (1585–1652)

Creation date: ca. 1620
Creation place: Italy

Other Information

Type: Oil Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided anonymously by a trustee in honor of John B. and Mary C. Zolezzi
Accession Number: 2001.11
State/Province: Parma
Dimensions: 19 3/4 in. x 15 1/2 in. (50.17 cm x 39.37 cm)
Currently on view


Stair Sainty Matthiesen, Inc., New York, New York ( - March 2, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (March 2, 2001 - )

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A popular subject due to her combination of physical beauty with spiritual devotion, Mary Magdalene has given up her worldly possessions in order to follow a life of piety. Like the image of Saint Francis nearby, she looks directly at the viewer, inspiring contemplation. The skull is a reminder of life’s fleeting nature.
Procaccini was born in Bologna and spent the majority of his career in Milan and Genoa, which were then under Spanish rule. He worked for a series of important patrons, including Spanish governors and archbishops of Milan, such as Cardinal Federico Borromeo.

Last Updated: 9/28/2017


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Berin Golonu, ed. Artweek Spaulding-Devin, Inc.. San Jose, California, June 2001
Page Number: 2, Figure Number: 2

Patrick Matthiesen. 2001: An Art Odyssey, 1500–1720, Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd.. London, England, 2001
Page Number: 178, 180, 181, 182-183, Figure Number: 18 (detail and full)

David Ekserdijan, ed. Apollo, Apollo Magazine Ltd. London, England, December 2001
Page Number: 40, Figure Number: 40

Mr. Steven Kern. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 113, Figure Number: 113

Mr. Nicola Spinosa. Ribera, Electa Naploi S.p.A.. Napoli, Italia, 2003
Page Number: 405 no. D1, Figure Number: D1

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