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ID number:  BIRBI-40.6
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Follower of Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-1669), perhaps Willem Drost (1633-1659)
Title / Object name:  Christ and the Woman of Samaria
Object type:  Drawing
Place made:  Europe: Netherlands; Amsterdam
Culture:  Dutch
Date made:  A work of the late 1640s
Materials:  Pen and brown ink
Measurements:  210 x 190 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from J. Edwin Forbes, Birmingham, April 1940, for £350
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Notes:  The subject is from 'John', iv: 7-26. Three later paintings of the theme are in the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and the Hermitage, St Petersburg. Rembrandt also made two etchings of the subject, one dated 1634, the other 1657 or 1658, according to state. [See ID No. 41.9]. At Sychar in the West Bank, Christ meets the Samaritan Woman at a well. Christ uses the well’s water as an analogy for Christian salvation and the sacrament of the Eucharist. The well’s water offers no heavenly reward. However, those who consume the living water of Christ will receive eternal life. Unlike many religious drawings, this sketch was not made in preparation for an altarpiece. Using ink on paper, the artist explored a humble interaction between the woman and an exhausted Christ. Glimpses of a winding road ascending into the hills in the background offers an allusion to Christ’s long journey to Galilee.

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Rembrandt, Harmensz. van Rijn
Dutch
1606-07-15
1669-10-04
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