Repainting for the second wife

Triptych of Jan Des Trompes (rear of the wings), 1505
Triptych of Jan Des Trompes (rear of the wings), 1505

So here is the painting that Chris is talking about the comments of “Bead Spotting”.

First the beads carried by this wife look similar but the pendant is different. The first wife seems to have a cross on her beads while this one looks more like a medal, perhaps of the Madonna. It looks like there are 10 bead decades separated by gauds and the center decade has 5 beads – medal – 5 beads, so it doesn’t mark a decade. The smaller woman in the front is probably a daughter of the second wife. Interestingly, she doesn’t have beads, but a decorative sash.

Looking at the rest of the painting, I think that Chris is right about it being Mary Magdalene behind the wife. Mary Magdalene was a popular namesake in Germany, at least among my ancestors who often gave Magdalene as a middle name and sometimes as a first name. The baby Jesus appears to be holding a beaded bag and a stick that it looks like he is trying to pass to the second wife. What is that or what does it mean?

Interesting that both wives would be painted in the same triptych.  Only he would want both wives like this. Its a large work 132 cm x 43 cm, almost 5 feet high. So getting this painted with the second wife covers up the entire first family, if it is kept closed. Easy to see why the third wife gave it away. Why would none of the children take it? Perhaps giving it away is a way to keep the children from fighting over it.(?)