|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|