The Vision of Saint Mary of Egypt

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Luca Giordano (follower of)
St. Mary of Egypt was a Courtesan from Alexandria who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. Out of sheer curiosity she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. She was about to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre when a mysterious force held her back. This lead her to repent, and to redeem her sins she retreated to the…
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St. Mary of Egypt was a Courtesan from Alexandria who lived in the fourth and fifth centuries. Out of sheer curiosity she went on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. She was about to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre when a mysterious force held her back. This lead her to repent, and to redeem her sins she retreated to the desert where she became a hermit. Although the legend originated in Egypt it soon became popular throughout Europe. In the Middle Ages the cult of Mary of Egypt coincided with that of Mary Magdalene. The Vision of St. Mary of Egypt shows us the moment when Mary repents. This is an oil sketch based on the altarpiece of the same title by Luca Giordano in the church of Santa Maria Egiziaca in Naples, probably painted by his workshop. Although Giordano worked mainly in his native city, he also accepted important commissions in Spain. His work is characterised by powerful contrasts of light and dark and flamboyant brushstrokes.
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