Arent de Gelder 1645 – 1727

Christ and the Adulteress

oil on canvas (72 × 94 cm) — 1683 Museum Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Arent de Gelder biography

This work is linked to John 8:3

Tags: Adulteress

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A group of scribes and Pharisees brings an adulteress to Jesus. According to the Law of Moses, the woman has to be stoned. The scribes believe that Jesus is too softhearted for such a cruel punishment, so they challenge him for his opinion.

To the right are Jesus' students, some with books in their hands. The desperate woman kneels in the center. To the left are the scribes.

The positioning of the figures resembles that of Rembrandt's Adulteress (1644, now in London). De Gelder was one of Rembrandt's students.

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