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Prince Albert used photography to document exhibitions and works of art

After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'La Madeleine au pied de la Croix' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865042

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Photograph of a work by Ary Scheffer depicting a half-length portrait of Mary Magdalene leaning against Christ's cross. Her hands are raised and clasped in prayer. She gazes upwards to the left towards the Christ, who has been omitted from the frame. Two versions of the painting can be found, among other collections, in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Marseille and at the Amsterdam Museum.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

    Mary Magdalene
  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs