Description Shown is an incident from the Gospel of John (8:3-11). The adulteress, forced into a kneeling position, flails her arms as her executioners prepare to act. To the left stands the serene, imposing figure of Christ. Spectators include Pharisees and scribes. This small painting, with its carefully delineated, idealized figures and its remarkably clear atmosphere, is reminiscent of the works of the Nazarenes, a group of German painters active in Rome in the early 19th century.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, prior to 1881; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions "F Ayez 1841," signed and dated lower left [the last two digits of the date are no longer visible]
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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