Whats the relation of St Mary Magdalene and Color Red. Why red and what type of red when it comes to the garments of the Saint, Equal to the Apostles?
To highlight the element of wealth and nobility* in the woman which, when freed from evil spirits , followed and supported materially Jesus throughout His teaching along with other women (named Holy Myrrh-bearers in the Orthodox Church), risked and gave everything for Him and rewarded by being the first to Witness His resurrection. And I believe that is the same element we highlight by painting martyrs in red- Nobility, acquired not by heritage but by their virtues and their suffering.
This Red is Porpura (Porpura) or else referred as * Tyrian red or “Tyrian purple” . In antiquity and until the first fall of Constantinople in 1204- purple was made by an extravagantly expensive dye and was reserved as a color only for the garments of the Emperors and of the very- very rich. Now in art, Tyrian purple can be interpreted as a very rich color ranging from a bluish purple- to Lucius dried blood red and is reserved to show wealth and authority