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Filippino Lippi (1457/58–1504)
Kneeling Saint Mary Magdalene and Standing Christ
Leadpoint, heightened with white gouache, on gray prepared paper
10 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches (266 x 297 mm)
Purchased with the assistance of the Fellows; 1951.1
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Lippi executed four independent figure studies after young male models: the two on the recto approximate a Noli me tangere scene in which Christ appears to the Magdalen after his resurrection, forbidding her to touch him; the two on the verso appear to be spectators, perhaps in an Adoration of the Magi. This drawing, and a number of similar sheets of figure studies not directly connected to extant paintings, was likely part of a sketchbook produced by Lippi around 1482–83.

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