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Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Resting at Jacob's well in Samaria, Christ asked a woman for some water: she recognized him as the Messiah (John 4: 5-30). This cabinet-sized painting dates from c.1625–1628. Another version is in a private collection and a reduced derivation is at Capodimonte, Naples. Lanfranco looked back to Annibale Carracci's well-known composition of the 1590s, now in the Brera, Milan.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



late 1620s


oil on canvas


H 66 x W 86.5 cm

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Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund and other donors, to mark the Keepership of Dr Kenneth Garlick (1968–1984), 1985

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