Marie-Madeleine pénitente (c.1630). Johan Moreelse (Dutch, 1603-1634). Oil on wood. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen.
Mary Magdalene is represented with pink cheeks, pale torso, and untied hair. She is leaning on a book resting on a skull. A melancholy and interrogative expression emerges from her face. Mary Magdalene embodies human nature marked by original sin, but also offers the example of repentance sprung from the love of God.