According to the Gospel of St John (20:17), 'Touch me not' ('Noli me Tangere') were the words spoken by Jesus to Mary Magdalene, when she was the first to recognise him after his resurrection.
The theme has been very popular in painting, but much less so in sculpture. The Dominican church of Santi Domenico e Sisto is home to a fine example by the sculptor Antonio Raggi (1624-86), a pupil of the great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680).
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private walking tours of Rome.
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