Saint Mary Magdalen Holding a Crucifix; (reverse) The Flagellation

Spinello Aretino (Spinello di Luca Spinelli) Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 601

This rare double-sided painting was commissioned by the Confraternity of Saint Mary Magdalen and would have been carried in religious processions. On one side the members of the confraternity (hooded so their charitable acts would remain anonymous) kneel before their patron saint. On the reverse is the Flagellation of Christ. The face of Christ is a photographic facsimile of the original painted face, which was detached in the nineteenth century and is now in the Camposanto Teutonico, Rome.

Saint Mary Magdalen Holding a Crucifix; (reverse) The Flagellation, Spinello Aretino (Spinello di Luca Spinelli) (Italian, born Arezzo 1345–52, died 1410 Arezzo), Tempera on canvas, gold ground; photographic facsimile (Christ’s face on reverse)

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