Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

The good Samaritan at the Inn (1633)

etching (25 × 20 cm) — 1633 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Luke 10:33

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The Samaritan does not only help the man up but takes him to an inn and pays for his stay.

The version portrayed here differs slightly from Luke's story. Luke has the Samaritan pay the inn-keeper the next morning, not on checking in as Rembrandt does: Note how the Samaritan presses a money pouch into the inn-keeper's hand on arrival.

Rembrandt based his composition on an engraving by his contemporary Jan van de Velde. Under the etching it reads: "Rembrandt inventor et feecit 1633". The double e is an error. The phrase '[artist name] inventor et fecit' means the artist invented the composition (which in this case isn't true) and that he implemented the design.

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