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Title Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to Italian (Venetian) School
Date Earliest possibly about 1600
Date Latest possibly about 1650

The encounter between Christ and the Samaritan woman appears in St John's Gospel (John 4. 4-42). Interrupted in her task of drawing water from the Well of Jacob on the outskirts of her town, the woman paused and listened to Christ's words concerning the 'living water' that would satiate everyone's thirst. The words prompted the woman declare him a prophet.

In this picture, the dress and hair-style of the Samaritan woman recall late sixteenth-century Venetian fashions.

Current Accession Number B.M.639
Former Accession Number No. 21
Subject religion (Samaritan woman, Christ)
Measurements 81 x 122.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes Described in the manuscript catalogue as 'Venetian School, 17th Century', from a 'Russian collection'.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Mercedes Cerón



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