In this exciting “poetic-historical fantasy”, the author establishes an intimate dialogue with Mary Magdalene, an emotional conversation mingling literature, history, art and religion.
“Annamaria Poma Swank invites us to join her in a poetic journey that illuminates the magic and the mystery of Mary Magdalene. Having explored the vast literature on the subject, she avoids to bore the reader with academicism, allowing a reflection inspired by this figure. Quoting from the Church Fathers, theologians and poets, Poma Swank engages in an enlightening conversation with the great Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque artists, from Giotto to Gentileschi, who sought to create a visual vocabulary for Mary Magdalene ".
Diane Apostolos Cappadona, Ph.D., Professor of Sacred Art and Cultural History, Georgetown University, USA
“Who can draw an accurate literary profile of Mary Magdalene better than the art historian Annamaria Poma Swank? Her work covers years of research on this profoundly human and at the same time holy figure. Swank is familiar with the patristic literature that mentions Mary Magdalene, and that supports her sparkling and personal tribute to the woman who was present at the cross when Jesus died. The passion and the lively and energetic narrative will put the reader in front of a real portrait of Maddalena, without the complications that we often find in biblical texts. "
Andrew Bertrand Buby, S.M., Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton, USAPDF format