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Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
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Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
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.
Date Description Narrative
4/22/1981Examinationexamined for condition
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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oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
17 x 21 1/4 in. (43.2 x 53.9 cm)
  • Italy (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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