Wednesday, January 24, 2007

St. Mary Mags takes an encore

All right: Per Maddie's request, St. Mary Magdalene in the Grotto makes a return appearance. The artist was Jules Joseph Lefebvre, who painted Mags in 1876. He apparently liked his Bollywood women of the day, and the nuder the better.

To see more of his paintings, go to The Art of Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. A number of them are really quite good IMO, but I prefer the clothed ones. Mags is the best of the nudes -- the others are mostly all painted in the same hip-jutting posture and get a little boring. I'm not a man, however.

Where I first came across the painting, though was at a site with the story -- a combination of information from the Bible, various legends and conjecture -- about the life of Mary Magdalene, at The Nazarene Way. Interesting reading.

The St. Mary Madalene in the Grotto painting illustrated one of the French stories of how St. Mary Magdalene came to France. (from whence Dan Brown copped some of his Da Vinci Code stuff. She would go to a grotto to reflect, fast and pray penitential prayers, according to the stories.

Somehow, I don't think the spiritual side of St. Mags was the only thing on Lefebre's mind.

There. I feel better about posting it, with a little lesson attached. St. Mags is at the top of my "Favorite Saint" list. She was a real, live passionate woman.

Maddie, you DID read the lesson, didn't you?

Also, scroll down to Jan. 19's "I've been tagged!" entry for KJ's response to the 7 Things Meme.


Grandmère Mimi said...

I like the nude Magdalene best of LeFebvre's paintings too. However, the legends of Magdalene site has better paintings, don't you think? The Rubens is gorgeous.

Saint Pat said...

I agree, Mimi. The LeFebre's Mags was a little more modern-looking, which I wanted -- I'm trying to find images for my saint series that will make them come alive.

It's kinda fun to see the reactions to Mags in the Grotto, too. (grin)

I love the image of Julian of Norwich currently posted. I don't know who painted it, though.

Caminante said...

Julian's portrait is by Robert Lentz. Google him and you will come up with a ton of other saints he has done. He is associated with Bridge Icons. I have long loved his paintings.