The Penitent Magdalen, surrounded by Putti holding Emblems of Time, Death and Eternity
Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707)
Art / Wall paintings
Oil on plaster
Place of origin
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Ham House, Surrey (Accredited Museum)
Antonio Verrio was a leading court painter of his time and his work still exists at Hampton Court Palace. This ceiling painting uses unusual imagery which was exceptional in England at this period. Its use in the Duchess of Lauderdale's inner sanctum suggests that she had Catholic leanings.
Oil painting on plaster, The Penitent Magdalen, surrounded by Putti holding Emblems of Time, Death and Eternity by Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707), before 1698. A circular ceiling painting on plaster.
Painted for John Maitland, 1st Duke of Lauderdale (1616-1682); thence by descent until acquired in 1948 by HM Government when Sir Lyonel, 4th Bt (1854 – 1952) and Sir Cecil Tollemache, 5th Bt (1886 – 1969) presented Ham House to the National Trust, and entrusted to the care of the Victoria & Albert Museum, until 1990, when returned to the care of the National Trust, and to which ownership was transferred in 2002
Ham House, The Dysart Collection (purchased by HM Government in 1948 and transferred to the National Trust in 2002)
Makers and roles
Antonio Verrio (Lecce c.1639 – Hampton Court Palace 1707), artist William Gouw Ferguson (Scotland c.1633 - London c.1695), artist
Croft-Murray 1962-1970 Edward Croft-Murray, Decorative Painting in England, 1537 - 1837 (2 vols), 1962-1970, vol.1, p.237