Exhibition: Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene

This exhibition CLOSED on Sun, 21st May 2017

This exhibition has finished.

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Cost: Free of Charge


Guido Cagnacci was one of the most unconventional Italian painters of the Baroque period.

His paintings are not represented in any public public collection in the UK, and 'The Repentant Magdalene' has not been seen in this country for over thirty years. On display now, thanks to a loan from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, this display of the painting offers visitors a unique opportunity to discover this artist’s astonishing naturalism and sensuality at first hand.

Though unfamiliar to many visitors today, Cagnacci was celebrated in his own lifetime for his extremely sensual paintings of female saints and heroines. These erotic depictions, coupled with the records of Cagnacci’s personal life (which include trying to run away with a rich widow and having a cross-dressing female assistant), have earned him a reputation as an artist of unparalleled daring and seduction.

'The Repentant Magdalene' is widely regarded as Cagnacci’s masterpiece.

Full of drama and sensuality, it depicts Mary Magdalene rejecting her life of sin and excess in favour of following Christ. Cagnacci’s treatment of the subject is unique; he lavishes unprecedented attention on her glittering costume, shoes and jewellery, as well as on her naked body.

This painting is like no other representation of the Magdalene.


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Location

National Gallery,

Trafalgar Square, London,
WC2N 5DN

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