Giovanni Battista Crespi, Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Beginning of the 16th century
Oil on panel
The episode pictured is in John 4, where Jesus speaks with a Samaritan woman about the "living water" that brings eternal life. In this "modern" take on the episode, the well and its galaxy of significations is sacrificed in order to picture the drama of Jesus' words, "thou hast had five husbands" and the woman's reply, "Sir, I perceive thou art a prophet."
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Photographed at the cathedral by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.