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‘Magdalene. The Mystery and the Image,’ a new major exhibition at the Musei San Domenico in Forlì

Monday, 02 May 2022 12:17
Magdalene. The Mystery and the Image Emanuele Rambaldi

Magdalene. The Mystery and the Image the new exhibition dedicated to Mary Magdalene at the Musei San Domenico in Forlì focuses on this great female myth, a mysterious and misrepresented figure, and will run to 10 July 2022 in the Musei San Domenico in Forli, half an hour’s drive from Rimini. The exhibition, conceived and realized by the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì in collaboration with the Municipality of Forlì and the Musei San Domenico, features some 200 works by great artists from the 3rd century B.C. to the 20th century depicting the unresolved mystery of a woman who still disquiets and fascinates.  

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Depicted as a sinner and a saint, a penitent and an intellectual

From the Middle Ages onwards Mary Magdalene has been depicted as a sinner, a saint, a courtesan and a penitent, an intellectual and an apostle. At the side of Saint Francis in the mendicant reform of the 13th and 14th centuries, a courtly lady in the 15th century, and a Christian Venus from the 16th century and throughout the following centuries, then symbolizing the feminine revolution in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Works lent by major international museums

The exhibition is divided into 12 sections and include extraordinary examples of painting, sculpture, miniatures, tapestries, silverware and graphic works, like those from the Archaeological Museum in Naples to Marc Chagall's The Deposition from the Cross (1968-1976) from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, to Veronese's Noli me Tangere from the Musée de Grenoble, and also includes Bill Viola's Acceptance as well as masterpieces by Antonio Canova and Francesco Hayez. 

Ph credits: Emanuele Rambaldi


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