Comments: Waiting for someone to come out of somewhere

I am not familiar with the painting. Why does the young woman have a skull in her lap?

Posted by Mikey NTH at November 6, 2012 6:04 PM

The young woman is Mary Magdalene, painted by the French artist Georges de la Tour (1593-1652). She is turned away from the viewer to emphasize her penitence for her past life. The skull represents her knowledge of her own mortality. Her meditative focus on the candle suggests her faith in Christ, the Light of the World.

Posted by PA Cat at November 7, 2012 4:55 AM

Thank you, PA Cat.
Once you know the subject, you can figure out the symbols.

Posted by Mikey NTH at November 7, 2012 5:51 AM

I would have guessed the woman drove her husband to suicide and is now contemplating her next move.

Posted by Gary at November 7, 2012 9:57 AM

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