Mary Magdalene by Donatello



This sculpture is located inside the Duomo museum in Florence. The piece is by Italian Renaissance artist and sculptor, Donatello. What drew me to this sculpture is how grotesque and “real” the artist portrayed Mary Magdalene. Most of the European sculptures you tend to see were created to look perfect (David anyone?), this one however depicted the rawness of reality. Just look at her expressive eyes and her palms placed together to show that she is praying before Jesus Christ. Observe the way how she was sculpted to look so haggard.

I encourage you to visit Museo dell’Opera del Duomo during your travels to Florence. It’s definitely one of the off the beaten path museums that one must experience on top of the Accademia and Uffizi.

Museo dell’Opera del Duomo
Piazza del Duomo, 9, 50122 Firenze, Italy


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