Nicolas Poussin 1593/94 – 1665

The Healing of the Blind of Jericho

oil on canvas (119 × 176 cm) — 1650 Museum Musée du Louvre, Paris

Nicolas Poussin biography

This work is linked to Mark 10:46

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According to Mark, the blind Bartimeus was sitting at the Jericho city gates when Jesus passed through. He called out to him a number of times: ‘Have mercy upon me.' Jesus asks him what he wanted. The faithful Bartimeus wanted to see, and his wish was granted.

A merchant from Lyon by the name of Reynon commissioned Poussin for this painting. Through cardinal Richelieu it became part of the collection of king Louis XIV.

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