This painting interested me because of many things. The first being the candle being the only light source in the tiny room, which causes an intense contrast of shadow and light on Mary Magdalen face. The candle represents spiritual enlightment. The skull is another thing that caught my eye, it is a symbol of her mortality. Another thing was that she looks as if she is staring into the mirror, in deep thought, contemplating. The mirror is a symbol of self-examination and vanity. She is staring in deep thought because she is feeling remorse for her sins and prays for forgiveness.