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L.65 Rosso? Mary Magdalen

1530-1540?

Painting, Cabinet des Peintures, Château, Fontainebleau.

The inventory of 19 January 1692 (verified in October 1694) of the Cabinet des Peintures at Fontainebleau (Herbet, 1937, 94) records: “Une Magdalen, peinte sur bois, par Rousse.”  If this picture was actually by Rosso, it was most likely painted in France, unless it was brought from Italy after his death.  The inventory listing is mentioned by Béguin in Cox-Rearick, 1972, 5, and in Scailliérez, 1992, 18, with the attribution to Rosso as made by d’Estrechy.

For an anonymous etching of a cartouche that seems to be after Rosso’s design and that frames a scene of the Assumption of the Magdalen, see E.159.  But this print does not appear to reflect a design for an independent panel painting.