Signed l.l.: C.P.
Oil on panel. 19cm by 21.5cm.
The artist was born in 1594, possibly in Utrecht, where he died in 1667. He travelled to Rome, where his work was influenced by Adam Elsheimer and he painted mainly small landscapes with religious or mythological figures. Charles I invited him to England and he painted several small cabinet pictures for the king. His earliest signed works are dated 1620.
According to legend, Mary Magdalene withdrew into the wilderness, after the death of Christ, where she pursued the life of a hermit for thirty years.