Mary Magdalene

A Visual History

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Mary Magdalene

A Visual History

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From faithful apostle and seductress to feminist icon, Mary Magdalene's many complex roles in Christian history have fascinated us for 2000 years. Illustrated in full colour, this visual history reveals how images and presentations have created a Mary who is often far different from the real woman, the first witness of the Resurrection in the gospels, or even from her appearances in the works of the Church Fathers.

Beginning with the earliest sources, uncover who the real Mary was, and what she meant in her own time, before embarking on a fast-paced tour of Magdalene's depictions in great works of art, forgotten masterpieces and contemporary visual culture. Considering relics, statuary, paintings, sculpture and recent works for stage and screen, discover how Mary Magdalene has been seen across time as a witness, a sinner, a penitent, a contemplative, a preacher and a patroness.

Above all her complex roles, Mary has emerged as a powerful feminist icon, the closest person to Jesus himself, with a visual history as rich and varied as the roles she has fulfilled in numerous contexts of faith and worship for two millennia.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: A Perilous Journey
Part One: Mary Magdalene: Toward A Visual History
1. Scripture Sources
2. Patristic Sources
3. Eastern Christian Narratives and Traditions
4. Western Christian Narratives and Traditions
5. Symbols and Devotions
6. Mary Magdalene through Christian Art
7. Coda
Part Two: Selected Motifs
8. Sinner/Seductress
9. Penitent
10. Anointer
11. Weeper
12. Witness
13. Preacher
14. Contemplative
15. Reader
16. Patron
17. Feminist Icon
Afterword: A Reflection on Exhibitions
Select Bibliography


Product details

Published 23 Feb 2023
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 176
ISBN 9780567705747
Imprint T&T Clark
Illustrations 65 colour images
Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

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