An embroidered representation of a reading woman in a landscape. The crucifix, goblet and skull indicate that this is Mary Magdalen. The salamander is a personification of fire; here the representation of the zeal with which she pursued the good after her repentance. The image of a meditating Mary Magdalen stems from the Legenda Aurea, a compilation of hagiographies dating from about 1264 by Jacopo de Voragine (ca. 1230- ca. 1298).
The embroidery in wool and linnen is performed in a variety of stitches, that give this work a wonderfull three-dimensional look. The colours are very well preserved and still look very intense and vibrant.
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