After he finds a place to hide within the private Attavanti chapel, an old sacristan appears followed by the painter, Mario Cavaradossi.
Mario picks up where he left off the day before and resumes painting a picture of Mary Magdalene.
With blonde locks of hair, Mario's painting is based on Angelotti's sister, Marchesa Attavanti.
Mario has never met Marchesa, but he has seen her about town.
As he paints, he takes a small statue of Floria Tosca, a singer and his lover, from his pocket to compare her beauty to that of his painting.