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Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among Ruins (B.71)

Christ and the Woman of Samaria: Among Ruins

  • Etching on Ingres d’Arches off-white laid paper (watermark) with large margins. Signed and dated in the plate (upper right). The second state according to Bjorklund, the forth state according to Nowell-Eusticke. A 20th century impression printed by Marjorie Van Dyke. From the ‘Millennium’ edition limited to 2500 examples.
  • In this dramatic Biblical scene created with strong shadows and contrast, Rembrandt depicts the moment that Jesus revealed himself as the Messiah to the Woman of Samaria. According to the Gospel of John, Christ and his Apostles stopped in Samaria on their way from Judea to Galilee and rested by Jacob’s well near the town of Sychar. While Jesus was resting alone, a Samarian woman came to the well to fetch water and Jesus asked the woman to give Him a drink. Jesus revealed that He was the Messiah, and told the woman that “whosover drinketh of the water I shall give them shall never thirst and have everlasting life.” This story is also the subject of another etching by Rembrandt, a drawing and three paintings.

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