[2] The theme of the repentance of sinners and trials sent by God is illustrated in subjects such as the Repentance of St. Peter, Mary Magdalene, and Job. Her shoulders are bare and her skirt only reaches to her knees leaving her legs bare.[3]. The rope looks similar to the rope that is tied around her waist. The painting depicts Mary Magdalene, a follower of Christ, who exchanged her previous lifestyle for a life of penance and contemplation. In 1978 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it still hangs. [6] He concentrated on dramatic effects of light and shade called tenebrism. Both the candle and the human skull she is holding are metaphors for the fragility of life and her discarded jewellery for the meaningless value of worldly possessions and for her atonement. The viewer can only observe the top of the slightly shown candle and the light illuminating around it. [8] The candlelight most likely stands for spiritual enlightenment. The candle is brightly lit and is reflected within the mirror. [4] The mirror symbolizes vanity while the skull is a metaphor of mortality. In 1978 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman gave it to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it still hangs.[1]. According to Bayley, the image of the mermaid holding the mirror represents the Mirror of Perfection, which is a familiar attribute of truth. One of the books is the Holy Bible. The Louvre version of the painting was bought in 1949 from the French Administration des Douanes. The light from the candle illuminates throughout the room and on the wall where we see Magdalene's shadow. [3] In the Magdalene with the Smoking Flame there is no mirror in the painting compared to Magdalene at the Mirror and Magdalene with Two Flames. [6], The Magdalene with the Smoking Flame portrays Mary Magdalene with a skull on her lap and a brightly lit candle on the desk. She is also known to have witnessed Jesus's crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. The light from the candle and its reflection create a strong chiaroscuro effect, with the subject's brightly lit face and breast contrasting with the darkness of the rest of the composition. She is shown, illuminated by a candle, sitting in a meditative pose in front of a mirror. De La Tour was not only inspired by Caravaggio's style, but also by other northern styles. He was then titled painter-in-ordinary to the king. Magdalene with the Smoking Flame (also titled in French La Madeleine à la veilleuse, and La Madeleine à la flamme filante) is a c. 1640 oil-on-canvas depiction of Mary Magdalene by French Baroque painter Georges de La Tour. If the medieval Magdalene was shown as a former sinner who was saved through salvation, Mary Magdalene during the Counter-Reformation was depicted as beguilingly seductive. Georges de la Tour's The Repentant Magdalene", "What's that Mystery Painting in "The Little Mermaid, Attributed painting at the Kimbell Art Museum of Fort Worth, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Magdalene_with_the_Smoking_Flame&oldid=984408514, Paintings of the Louvre by French artists, Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Articles with unsourced statements from May 2019, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, David, Jasper. The skull is on top of the Bible on the desk and the candle is covered by the skull. In Magdalene at the Mirror, Magdalene is shown in profile view sitting in front of the mirror, candle, and skull. Caravaggio's followers spread throughout other European countries; therefore, it was not necessary for Georges de La Tour to travel to Italy. La Madeleine à la veilleuse, Georges de La Tour (Louvre RF 1949-11), "The Work of Art as Religious Enactment. [1] Throughout his Magdalene series he demonstrates small changes in lighting, pose, and symbolism. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Magdalene_at_a_Mirror&oldid=974396425, Collections of the National Gallery of Art, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 22 August 2020, at 19:35.

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