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One of the most popular works in LACMA’s collection, this painting of Mary Magdalene by Georges de la Tour is all about drama. The candle, the flame, the skull, the Scripture: the artist’s depiction of these elements encourages the viewer to contemplate as Magdalene does in this picture.

Join us each week as we highlight a permanent collection work in honor of LACMA’s 50th anniversary. [The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame. circa 1638-1640] #LACMA50

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