'The Magdalen' Paulus Bor, c.1630-39

An unhappy woman in shown in a strong light falling on her right side, highlighting her expression. She is holding a round glass bottle in her right hand.

Oil on panel, 65.7 x 60.8cm

Accession Number WAG958

Although a contemporary of Rembrandt's, Bor favoured a different painting style. His work is characterised by a combination of dramatic lighting effects and classical formalism. Bor was influenced by the work of Caravaggio, which he saw during his stay in Rome in the 1620s.

The model for 'The Magdalen' was Bor's wife. She is shown holding a bottle of oil to anoint Christ's feet.