This work of art is one of the oldest representations in carved wood of Saint Mary Magdalene, rendered even more unique by the position of the Saint who is seated upon a small wooden base. It is most certainly the only piece of thirteenth-century sculpture of its type that can be traced to the area of the Tyrolean Alps. The Alpine origin of the carving is confirmed by its similarity to a very precise style of wooden Madonnas from the Puster Valley (Val Pusteria/Pustertal), from a workshop that was in existence from the end of the Twelfth Century to the first half of the Thirteenth Century.
M. Maguolo (edited by), Giovanna Menegazzi. Immagini di restauro fra Venezia e l’Istria, Il Prato, Saonara 2015, pp. 22, 40-41;
L. Mor (edited by), in Il Crocifisso di Cividale e la scultura lignea nel Patriarcato di Aquileia al tempo di Pellegrino II (secoli XII-XIII), exhibition catalogue (Cividale del Friuli, Museo Nazionale di Palazzo de Nordis, 12 July – 12 October 2014), Allemandi, Turin 2014, pp. 198-201, n. 18;
L. Mor, in Talking Points-Spunti per conversare, edited by L. Violo, Longari arte Milano, Milan 2014, pp. 8-19.