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Painted in Utrecht in the 1620s, The Repentant Magdalene is a testament to the biblical figure’s enduring appeal and to the city’s Catholic sympathies. Of the Dutch provinces, Utrecht retained strong ties to the Catholic Church. Although Catholic worship was prohibited, several clandestine churches were located in the city. Too small to be an altarpiece, this work was likely intended for private devotion.


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The Repentant Magdalene, c. 1625-27 oil on panel 20 3/16 x 14 3/8inc. Museum purchase with funds from the Joslyn Art Museum Association and Collectors' Choice VIII, 1999, 1999.15

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The Repentant Magdalene, c. 1625-27 oil on panel