Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 2010
Not on view
The pose of the Magdalene is derived from a painting by Pompeo Batoni (1708–1787) that entered the Royal Saxon collections in the 1750s. Christian Gottfried Jüchtzer, the modeler of the figure, has taken Batoni’s late Baroque composition and given it a distinctly neoclassical aspect, an impression reinforced by the use of biscuit porcelain which is so similar visually to marble.
Inscription: Incised on back of the plinth: H 31 (model number)
Marking: The base is unmarked
Private Collection, England (to Kumpf) ; [ Daniela Kumpf , by 2000; sold to MMA ]