172 Portrait after statue by Donatello


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So this is after a statue by the sculptor Donatello, and it depicts Maria Magdalene.

I’m not so well read in christianism – Can someone inhere perhaps explain what the deal is with Maria Magdalene? Was she Jesus’ wife? Girlfriend? Or is all this just Dan Brownish conspiracy-plots?.. What is her role in christianism (and thereby in western art history) – I’d like to know!