The Magdalen: cultural icon

Joanne Anderson* (Corresponding Author)

*Corresponding author for this work

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Mary Magdalen is a woman of extremes. Those extremes have given rise to a multiplicity of interpretations: a wealth of representations, conspiracy theories and controversies.

This book introduces the reader to the rich, paradoxical and constantly evolving imagery surrounding this mysterious biblical figure. From the time of the New Testament to the present day, Mary Magdalen has proven to be an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMary Magdalen
Subtitle of host publicationChief Witness, Sinner, Feminist
EditorsLieke Wijnia
Place of PublicationZwolle
PublisherWaanders & de Kunst Publishers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789462623255
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2022


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