Auction Lot: 35272096
End of Auction : 14 Jul 2022 17:29
Remaining time: 2022-07-14 17:29:00 GMT+02:00
Estimated Value : 1500-2000 €
Next bid 1000


Circle of MATEO CEREZO (Burgos, 1637-Madrid, 1666).
"Penitent Magdalene".
Oil on canvas. Re-retouched.
It presents repainting and restorations.
Measurements: 103 x 85 cm.
In this canvas, Mary Magdalene is represented as a penitent in the desert, dressed with a jet robe, on which the red tone of the cloak stands out. Although it is an unusual feature, the young woman, who appears to be absorbed in the Scriptures, does not have long, flowing hair, which alludes to the style of the young woman's life before she met Christ. The saint is depicted next to a perfumer, the Holy Scriptures and the skull. Mary Magdalene is mentioned in the New Testament as a distinguished disciple of Christ. According to the Gospels, she housed and provided materially for Jesus and his disciples during their stay in Galilee, and was present at the Crucifixion. She was a witness to the Resurrection, as well as the one in charge of transmitting the news to the apostles. She is also identified with the woman who anointed the feet of Jesus with perfumes before his arrival in Jerusalem, so her main iconographic attribute is a knob of essences, like the one shown here. While Eastern Christianity particularly honours Mary Magdalene for her closeness to Jesus, considering her "equal to the apostles", in the West the idea developed, based on her identification with other women in the Gospels, that before meeting Jesus she had engaged in prostitution. Hence the later legend that she spent the rest of her life as a penitent in the desert, mortifying her flesh. She was most often depicted in this way in art, especially in the 17th century, a time when Catholic societies were particularly fascinated by the lives of mystics and saints who lived in solitude in the wilderness, dedicated to prayer and penance. The story of this saint serves as an example of Christ's forgiveness, and conveys the message of the possibility of redemption of the soul through repentance and faith.
Mateo Cerezo trained in Madrid, where he joined Carreño's workshop. He was in great demand by a varied clientele, particularly for his religious painting, although he also tackled other genres. In this respect, the treatise writer and biographer Palomino stated that he produced "still lifes with such superior excellence that no one else could surpass him", a judgement that is fully corroborated by the works in the Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico, which are signed and dated. On the basis of these, Pérez Sánchez attributed to him the Kitchen Still Life purchased by the Museo del Prado in 1970, a work of evident Flemish influence that has sometimes led him to think of Pereda. The work of this artist from Valladolid has also been identified as Cerezo's descendant, particularly in his early creations. We know that in 1659 Cerezo was working in Valladolid, where he left somewhat rougher works than those he produced in the following decade. In his works he is a faithful follower of Carreño, with whom he became one of his best collaborators. The master showed him the path he himself later followed, following in the footsteps of Van Dyck and Titian. Thus, Cerezo developed compositions that open out into large, complex scenographies, conceived with a distinguished refinement that is evident both in the work as a whole and in the smallest details. Like the Antwerp master, he endowed his figures with a rich magnificence in their costumes, applying a fluid, light brushstroke, contrasted by a rich play of light. A superb example of all this is the Prado's The Mystical Betrothal of Saint Catherine, signed and dated 1660.


Presenta repintes y restauraciones. Este lote puede verse en la sede de Setdart Madrid, situada en la calle velázquez, 7.



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