Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
(18th and 19th Centuries )
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.
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Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, prior to 1881; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
|4/22/1981||Examination||examined for condition|
Italy (Place of Origin)
17 x 21 1/4 in. (43.2 x 53.9 cm)
Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
Location in Museum
Not on view
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