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Bibil Identifier bibil:213725
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) 'What Kind of Woman Is This?' Reading Luke 7.36-50 in the Light of Dante Rosetti's Drawing Mary Magdalene at the Door of Simon the Pharisee, 1853-1859
Author Nicholls, Rachel
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 114-128 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay looks for a fresh insight into Lk. 7.36-50 by examining the text in the light of Rossetti’s drawing Mary Magdalene at the Door of Simon the Pharisee. The focus of the discussion is the character and motivation of the woman who anoints Jesus’ feet. A preliminary reading of the Lukan text highlights the complexity of her character. These insights are then brought into conversation with Rossetti’s interpretation as presented in his drawing. The drawing is discussed in the context of the principles of Pre-Raphaelite thought which both motivated Rossetti’s work and governed his style. A reflection on the sonnet which Rossetti wrote as a kind of meditation on the drawing is also included. It is then argued that the problems inherent in rendering a visual representation of this woman also give rise to a controversy about how to represent Jesus in relation to her. The powerful image which Rossetti has made alerts us to the challenges just beneath the surface of this Gospel story.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Mary Magdalene
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconography
Pericopes Luke 7,36-7,50
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