Great Hours of Anne of Brittany

Great Hours of Anne of Brittany Saint Mary Magdalene, f. 201v

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Saint Mary Magdalene, f. 201v

A weeping Mary Magdalene goes at dawn to Christ’s tomb with a jar of ointment to embalm him. As her tearful expression suggests, the saint is still unaware of the miracle of the Resurrection, although she will be the first to witness it. In this portrait in the Great Hours of Anne of Brittany, Mary Magdalene is emphasised by her attractive mauve cloak with gold highlights.
The writings of all the evangelists say that Mary Magdalene was the woman at the foot of the cross, the one who attended Christ’s funeral and the first witness of his Resurrection.
She is followed at a certain distance in the background by Mary and Salomé.
 

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