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Christ and the Samaritan Woman

European Art
painting
Christ and the Samaritan Woman

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri)
Italian, 1591–1666

Date

ca. 1650

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

1980.56

Dimensions

47 1/4 × 61 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 204

Description

The biblical story of Christ and the Samaritan Woman was popular among Catholics in Counter-Reformation Italy who hoped to win back Protestant converts. Guercino himself painted at least five versions of the scene over the course of his career.

The Gospel of John 4:1–42 records Christ’s discussion with a Samaritan woman, whose people were shunned by the Jews for their heretical beliefs. After debating the physical versus spiritual properties of water at Jacob’s well, the woman embraces Christ’s message and agrees to spread his word to the Samaritans.

Credit

Gift of Julie and Arthur Montgomery