Mary Magdalene by Artemisia Gentileschi was lost for generations—buried in a private collection in the south of France and only known from a single black and white photograph. It is assumed to have been painted between 1613 and 1620, when the Artemisia would have been between 20 and 27 years old. It was during this time that she left her father’s studio after a rushed marriage to Pietro Antonio di Vincenzo Stiattesi. She moved with Pietro to Florence from Rome, and this may have been one of her earliest works in her new home.
In 2014, after it’s rediscovery, it was auctioned by Sotheby’s for € 865.500, ($1,179,832), a new record for Gentileschi paintings. The work has now disappeared into a private collection once again.
Reed Enger, "Mary Magdalene," in Obelisk Art History, Published February 12, 2016; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/artemisia-gentileschi/mary-magdalene/.