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Lidded goblet
Song book

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Appearances are deceptive. At first glance this is a genre work, like the painting of the young women making music next to it. But this panel is not just any young woman; the ointment jar on the window sill tells us that it is Mary Magdalene. The beloved she holds more dear than her husband, according to the song, is therefore not her lover but Jesus Christ.


Title Maria Magdalene singing with the lute
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type Painting
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions (general) Width : 43,5 cm
Height : 56,5 cm
Makers Painter: Meester van de Vrouwelijke Halffiguren
Accession number 1505 (OK)
Credits Uit de nalatenschap van / from the estate of: F.J.O. Boijmans 1847
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1847
Age maker Between 25 and 30 years old
Collector Collector / F.J.O. Boijmans
Exhibitions Van Eyck tot Bruegel (1994)
De ontdekking van het dagelijks leven - van Bosch tot Bruegel (2015)
Research Alma
Material Panel > Worked wood > Wood > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin Antwerp > Belgium > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin Southern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Meester van de Vrouwelijke Halffiguren

werkzaam Antwerpen 1500 - werkzaam Antwerpen 1530