Mary Magdalene, from
an early Christian tradition, is three different women, which either met
or followed Christ, combined: the unnamed sinner who, during a meal at
the house of Simon the Pharisee, smears the Lord’s feet with perfume and
dries them with her hair; Mary of Bethany, sister of Martha and Lazarus,
who joined Jesus’ followers, received him in her house and persuaded him
to raise her brother from the dead; and finally Mary of the town of Mandela,
who was possessed by devils that Jesus exorcised, and who is present both
at the Crucifixion and at the Entombment, and whom Christ graces with his
first appearance as a Redeemer in the episode known as the Noli me tangere.
Mary Magdalene is the patron saint of prostitutes, hairdressers, perfumers, and of gardeners. In fine art she is presented with long loose hair; perfume or ointment pot, crown of thorns, mirror are sometimes also present.
See: Fra Bartolommeo The Annunciation, with Saints Margaret, Mary Magdalene, Paul, John the Baptist, Jerome and Francis, God the Father in Glory with St. Mary Magdalene and St. Catherine of Siena.
Botticelli Holy Trinity with Mary Magdalene, St. John the Baptist and Tobias and the Angel (Pala della Convertite).
Caravaggio Penitent Magdalene, The Conversion of Mary Magdalene.
Cima da Conegliano. The Virgin and Mary between St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Magdalen.
Carlo Crivelli. St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Peter, and Mary Magdalene.
Honore Daumier. St. Magdalene in the Desert.
El Greco St. Mary Magdalene.Mary Magdalen in Penitence. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. Mary Magdalen in Penitence with the Crucifix.
Gentile da Fabriano. St. Mary Magdalene, St. Nicholas of Bari, St. John the Baptist, St. George.
Jean Hey, Master of Moulin.Portrait Presumed to be of Madeleine of Burgundy Presented by St. Madeleine.
Alexander Ivanov The Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene.
Georges de La Tour. Repenting Magdalene, Repenting Magdalene, Repenting Magdalene, Repenting Magdalene, Repenting Magdalene.
Filippino Lippi Mary Magdalene.
Fra Filippo Lippi The Adoration with St. Joseph, St. Jerome, Mary Magdalene and St. Ilarion.
Hans Memling St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Magdalen.
Pietro Perugino. Mary Magdalene.
Piero della Francesca. St. Mary Magdalene.
Jusepe de Ribera. The Penitent Magdalen.
Luca Signorelli. SS. Catherine of Siena, Mary Magdalene and Jerome. The Crucifixion with St. Mary Magdalen.
Jan van Scorel. Mary Magdalene.
Henryk Siemiradzki. Christ and Sinner. The First Meeting of Christ and Mary Magdalene.
Titian Noli me tangere. Madonna and Child with Mary Magdalene. Penitent St. Mary Magdalene. St. Mary Magdalene.
Paolo Veronese. Magdalene's Conversion.
Rogier van der Weyden Deposition. St. Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus, and a Servant, Mary Magdalene, Braque Triptych. St. Mary Magdalene.
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean-Yves Leloup (Editor), Joseph Rowe (Translator), Jacob Needleman (Preface). Inner Traditions Intl Ltd, 2002.
Mary Magdalene: Beyond the Myth by Esther De Boer, John Bowden (Translator). Trinity Pr Intl, 1997.
The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene: Legends, Apocrypha, and the Christian Testament by Jane Schaberg. Continuum Pub Group, 2002.
The Woman With the Alabaster Jar: Mary Magdalen and the Holy Grail by Margaret Starbird, Terrance A. Sweeney (Introduction). Bear & Co, 1993.
The Book of Saints: The Lives of the Saints According to the Liturgical Calendar by George Angelini, Victor Hoagland (Editor). Regina Press, Malhame & Company, 1986.
365 Saints: Your Daily Guide to the Wisdom and Wonder of Their Lives by Woodeene Koenig-Brick (Author). Harper SanFrancisco, 1995.