The Ointment of Magdalene – Tissot


     In this detailed depiction of the washing of Christ's feet by Mary Magdalene, the penitent woman kneels before the couch on which Christ reclines, with her long auburn hair wound around the Savior's right foot. Simon the Pharisee and the other people reclining beside Jesus in the courtyard of Simon stare, aghast, at the sinful woman washing the feet of Jesus with expensive ointment and drying them with her hair. A crowd presses up against the gate to the courtyard.

Artwork by James Tissot