Mary Magdalene – where lies the truth?


November 26, 2015 by petrujviljoen

woman reading copy

Apart from the Virgin Mary – mother of Jesus and Jesus himself, the other Mary, the Mary Magdalene, is probably the most famous person in the history of christianity. An illuminating article is to be found in the Smithsonian of June 2006, a copy of which I bought at an obscure hardware store in an obscure part of Johannesburg, while I was still living there. Truth and knowledge can be found in the strangest places. A fragment of the Gospel of Mary Magdalene has been under scrutiny since the late 19th century.

In the artwork I used imagery of Michaelangelo, a Madonna, attributed to Michaelangelo and the Persian Sibyl, the latter in the Sistine Chapel. The two figures being symbolic of the Chrone and the Maiden and knowledge being imparted through the ages and across belief systems.



2 thoughts on “Mary Magdalene – where lies the truth?

  1. Nan Mykel says:

    I’d love to see how you work. Extremely moving!


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