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The Penitent Magdalene, by Carlo Maratta (1625-1713).

The 1763 Burghley Inventory records: “The picture room…A Piety (Magdalen) by Carlo Maratti.”
Carlo Maratta, who by the 1680s was one of the leading artists in Rome, was a painter much favoured by the 5th Earl of Exeter. Like several Grand Tourists, he commissioned Maratta to paint his portrait whilst in Italy, though sadly, this is no longer at Burghley and remains unidentified. The Earl bought a number of works from Maratta, his steward recording a payment of 600 crowns to the artist in the winter of 1683-4, as the party made its way home from Naples at the end of the second Grand Tour.


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