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The penitent Magdalene: PD.4-1966

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Current Location: In storage


The penitent Magdalene


Painter: Dolci, Carlo



Legal notes

Bought from the funds of Mis I. M. E. Hitchcock's bequest fund, 1966

Measurements and weight

Height: 64.4 cm
Width: 52.7 cm

Relative size of this object

52.7 cm64.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1966) by P. and D. Colnaghi and Co. Ltd


Circa 1650 - Circa 1651

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IVBILEMUS DEO SALVTARI / NOSTRO / Qui Seminant in Lacrimis; / in exultatione metent / In conuere ... Psalmus 126;
  • Location: Verso, on canvas

Inscription present: two similar impressions

  • Text: a winged dragon rampant below a bearded, haloed head with wings
  • Location: Verso, on top member of stretcher
  • Method of creation: Impressions in wax
  • Type: Seal

Inscription present: the rest of the inscription is concealed by the second seal, but evidence of previous ownership leads to the assumption that it should read 'Martelli'

  • Text: De Sig Mar.....
  • Location: Verso, on top member of stretcher, between the above seal
  • Text: il vero / penitent(e)[?o] / ogni / occhasio / ne / di pecchar / Figge / e / corre / all ora / Zione
  • Location: Verso, on left member of stretcher
  • Method of creation: Red chalk(?)
  • Text: 1650 / principiata / Ilgiorno di / Sua Festa / del 1651 ulti(ma) / giornata / in dipinger / il volto
  • Location: Verso, on right member of stretcher
  • Method of creation: Red chalk(?)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.4-1966
Primary reference Number: 921
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 17 January 2022 Last processed: Monday 17 January 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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