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Mary Magdalene In The Cave. The painting by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

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Mary Magdalene In The Cave

Mary Magdalene In The Cave is a fantastic oil on canvas by the Academic painter Jules Joseph Lefebvre. The original painting was made in 1876 and currently belongs to the Hermitage Museum. Jules Joseph Lefebvre was a notable Academic painter and teacher, giving classes to the likes of Childe Hassam. Still, before becoming an adult, Lefebvre entered the École des beaux-arts, and in a matter of three years, he was already exhibiting at the Salon. Eventually, Lefebvre won the Prix de Rome, which was one of the most respected prizes. Then, in the early 1870s, Lefebvre began to give classes at the Académie Julien, where he was one of the most praised teachers.

Mary Magdalene In the Cave was painted on a large rectangle-shaped canvas and is undoubtedly one of the most unusual depictions of Mary Magdalene. Here, making a rather provocative choice for picturing the Biblical character, Lefebvre depicts Mary Magdalene in an almost erotic position. Her position seems to be inspired by one of the masterpieces by the leading academic Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus, which was a polemic painting for its time, provoking harsh criticism by part of the Salon of 1863. Later, Cabanel’s picture was highly praised, which must have inspired many painters, including Lefebvre, to make similar artworks.

Lefebvre’s signature is present in the picture’s left bottom corner. Magdalene’s body occupies most of the image. Lying against the rocks, with her crossed legs, her face is turned to the audience, but her left arm covers it, raised and resting on her opposite shoulder. Her other arm is in a similar position. Magdalene’s pale white complexion contrasts with her long, flaming red hair. Her expression is one of pleasure, with her eyes closed and her face partially covered by shadows. The shadow extends through her back, marking the volume of her figure.

The lower area is covered with cool green vines. There is also a pink flower on the right side, near her body. Magdalene’s upper body is lying against a rock. On the other extremity of the picture, a couple of white flowers and a vine extend and covers one of her legs. The background on the right side is primarily dark and consists of rocks, while the left side allows for a view of a lake and dark blue mountains.

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