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Mary Magdalene

Artist

School of Lombardy, from the circle of Students of Leonardo Salai

Year

Milan ca. 1480 -1524

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Price

15000

Price

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Size

51

x

69

cm

Frame Size

75

x

99

cm

Work

Oil on panel

Salai was par to of the closest circle of Da Vinci. As only a few paintings are assured to be by his hand, it is difficult or nearly impossible to make attributions.
His style of painting generally adheres to Leonardos, as is the case for many other painters of this time. Salai, the son of the vineyard tenant of Leonardo's Estate, is said to have come to Leonardo's workshop aged ten, mainly due to his beautiful looks and his curls.

He soon became the model for several of Leonardo's works. Salai accompanied the master on his travels and was rumored to have a closer relationship than just being an apprentice. Vasari, the famous artist biographer of the Renaissance, already suggested that the name Mona Lisa is an anagram of Leonardo's Mon Salai. Like many of the Lombard painters in the circle around and after Leondardo, this painting also shows corresponding stylistic characteristics. The saint is shown in three-quarter length portrait, standing to the right at a rock table, her arms crossed in front of her chest, while her long, curly hair covers the rest of her nudity. Her gaze is directed upwards, but as in Leonardo's works, in an ambiguous way. Her attributive grey-silver jar of ointment is placed on a stone. The striking emphasis on the magnificent curls may indicate of the connection with Salai's own appearance.

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