Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Boaz pouring Six Measures of Barley into Ruth's veil

pen drawing (13 × 14 cm) — c. 1645 Museum Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Ruth 3:15

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The widow Ruth receives 6 measures of barley from Boaz, a rich farmer remotely related to Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth was collecting ears of corn on Boaz's field. Boaz had heard that Ruth had looked after Naomi quite unselfishly, and he thought she deserved a good turn.

The two faces show strong affection: Ruth is grateful for the barley and Boaz is happy to help the woman about whom he had heard so many good things.

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