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  • Collection: Penitents, Eremites and Saints with Skulls

The image represents a young woman holding a skull and looking at it. The skull is represented without specific gender traits (i.e. hair), thus, it is very difficult to identify its gender.

Original title: Magdalena penitente ("Penitent Magdalen").

This image represents Mary Magdalen doing penance. She is covered with a blue shroud and looks up with tears in her eyes. She is holding a skull that presents no gender traits. On her left…

Original title: Magdalena penitente ("Penitent Magdalen").This painting represents Mary Magdalen in a red cloth doing penance in what appears to be a cave. Her hands appear folded in front of her chest, and she looks up. On the right, a genderless…

The image represents Mary Magdalen. Her head is resting on her folded hands, which in turn rest on a skull. The skull, although by Mary Magdalen's posture can be identified with her, presents no clear gender traits.

In this portrait of Saint Francis Borgia, he appears holding a skull with a crown. The skull is that of Queen Isabel of Portugal. Queen Isabel's beauty was greatly admired by Saint Francis, however, she died at a young age. Just before burring her…

The image represents Mary Magdalen with her right hand to her chest and her left hand placed across her stomach, looking up in tears. In front of her, an open book resting on a skull that faces Mary Magdalen. The skull does not present any visible…

This painting portrays Saint Francis meditating. He is dressed in a brown habit and holds a skull with his hands. A cross appears lying underneath his hands holding the skull. The skull does not present any defining gender traits. However, the way…

This engraving represents the scene when Saint James the hermit looks at a female skeleton. This is one of the few cases where the skeleton's gender is identified as feminine, and this can be seen in the lettering: "Dextera ne flamma(m?) rapiat,…

This image represents Saint Jerome with his hands crossed in front of his chest, and covered by a red cloth. In front of him, we can see a skull with no visual gender traits.

This painting represents Saint Mary of Egypt. She appears sitting, with her hands folded in front of her chest and looking up. In front of her, a skull with no identifiable gender traits.
Saint Mary's body is masculinized in this painting as a…
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