Despite Mary Magdalene isn’t mentioned much in the Bible and the Vatican decided in recent years that she wasn’t a prostitute, her image stays with this fame. It’s not even sure that it was always “Mary Magdalene” when it is spoken of her in the Gospels or the Gnostic writings. There are so many Marys, that it may even be that characteristics from various real women had been formed up the myth of Mary Magdalene.
It seems the Bible never referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute. A Catholic Pope did.
The Penitent Mary Magdalene has not been on view for a long time due to the painting?s poor condition. Last year thorough conservation work was carried out to remove layers of dirt and discolourations. After 200 hours of work, it is...
Penitent Mary Magdalene by the Italian Baroque Era Painter Guido Reni (1575-1642). That’s how the church loved to see women, full of regret and ready to pay for their sins.