Mary Magdalene

white poplar wood, polychromed, 1454-55

This polychromed wood sculpture is one of the most expressive of Donatello's works. The emaciated, hollow-eyed, almost toothless figure seems to embody dramatically a mood that was only to surface at the end of the century in Florence under the spell of Savonarola. It is a radical departure from the classical models of his earlier work.

The image on the right has been photoshopped to eliminate the cluttered background.

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