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Attributed to Werff, Pieter van der (Dutch painter, 1665-1722) , St Mary Magdalen

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Title St Mary Magdalen
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): Pollok House
Artist Attributed to Werff, Pieter van der (Dutch painter, 1665-1722)
Previously attributed to Werff, Adriaen van der (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1659-1722)
Date Earliest 1707
Date Latest probably 1722
Description In the opening of a cave in a rocky landscape, reclines the figure of a young woman, naked except for a swathe of blue drapery across her upper thighs and lower torso. Her figure stretches diagonally across the composition, head to centre-right, feet to bottom-left corner. She has long blonde hair, the tresses of which she holds to her left breast with her left hand. Her head is inclined downwards to the left, as she looks at a scroll of paper before her, which she unfurls with her outstretched right hand. In a still-life arrangement on a rock to the right, are her ointment pot (with ribbed lid), figs and a honeycomb.
Current Accession Number PC.84
Former Accession Number 151
Subject religion (Mary Magdalen)
Measurements 54.3 x 46.7 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs Anne Maxwell MacDonald 1967.
Provenance Stirling-Maxwell collection, Pollok House, by 1893; by descent to Mrs. Anne Maxwell MacDonald.
Publications Hofstede de Groot, C., 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', Oud Holland, 11, 1893, p. 226 (Pollok House), as by A. van der Werff, or 'produced under his supervision'; Caw, J. L., Catalogue of Pictures at Pollok House, Glasgow, 1936, p. 86, no. 151, as previously attributed to Correggio ('old Keir catalogue'); Auld, A. A., The Stirling Maxwell Collection Pollok House, Glasgow, c. 1970, pp. 49-50, no. 84; Gaehtgens, B., Adriaen van der Werff 1659-1722, Munich, 1987, pp. 351-352, no. 95, as a copy, 'ein Kopie von vorzüglicher Qualität'.
Notes A variant in reverse of the prototype by A. van der Werff, 1707, Staatsgalerie, Schleissheim.
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley
 

 

 

 

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