Mary Magdalene by Frederick Sandys
Saw this up close today, it is really amazing.
The background pattern actually covers the entire background, not washed out with black as here. It is also much more subtle and artfully painted, though the figure herself has quite true colours here from my memory.
Very intricate, delicate and beautiful.
"I think it was Burne Jones who said that the greatest compliment people could pay a picture was to say “Oh!”, just ” Oh!” when they saw it. And that is all there is to say, anything more apt is to be as dull as a dissertation on the beauty of a flower."
Oil Painting Techniques by Harold Speed