Here is Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene by Lavinia Fontana. The biblical context for this is taken from John 20 where John describes the resurrection and Jesus’ appearances. John tells how she mistakenly thought Jesus was the gardener. Within his theological rendition of casting Jesus’ work of new creation, Mary seeing Jesus as the gardener on the first day of the week is pointing us back to Genesis 1. Adam was the first gardener in the first creation that came about in the first week. Now Jesus is initiating his kingdom plan of new creation beginning with his crucifixion and resurrection as the restoration of everything.
Hence the painting.
Have you ever seen Jesus portrayed this way?