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Birth of St John the Baptist
Birth of the Virgin
Portrait of Battista Sforza
Portrait of Eleonora di Toledo
Portrait of Eleonora Gonzaga
Portrait of Maddalena Doni
Portrait of Nera Corsi
The Virgin, Child and Saint Anne
Venus of Urbino
Women in Renaissance Art
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: c. 1535
: Oil on wood
: 84 x 69 cm
: Florence, Galleria Palatina
Titian created a few versions of Mary Magdalene. They share similar qualities in style, shown at half-length, with abundant blond hair flowing over her shoulders, her face facing upward towards the sky. This version of Mary Magdalene found at the Galleria Palatine is mentioned by Vasari: "a half-figure painting of a St Mary Magdalene, with her hair spread out, which is a rare thing."
Here her pose is reminiscent of Venus.
In contrast to Titian's Magdalene, in Naples at the Galleria Nazionale Di Capodimonte, the hair is more free flowing and breast are exposed. The later Magdalene is covered, with the exception of her bare shoulder and the landscape is defined, with an image of an open book also included.
Titian, Mary Magdalene, c. 1567
Tinagli, Paola. Women in Italian Renaissance Art: gender, representation, and identity. Manchester, UK and New York: Manchester University Press, 1997. Print.
Hope, Charles. Titian . New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1980. Print.
. New York: Rizzoli, 2006. Print.
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