Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) 1591 – 1666

Jesus and the Woman of Samaria

oil on canvas (97 × 125 cm) — c. 1619 Museum Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (Texas)

Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) biography

This work is linked to John 4:7

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At a well that was built by Jacob, Jesus meets a woman from Samaria. He asks her for some water. She is surprised that a Jew talks to her, as Jews and Samaritans did not get along very well.

Jesus starts a conversation and after a while tells her that he is the Messiah. She believes him and convinces her fellow citizens to do so too.

Lovely composition by Guercino: the slightly tilted heads, and the hands that illustrate who's talking and who's listening.

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