This spectacular work gives the impression of scenery and, possibly, written at the request of a rich customer. The central group is depicted with perfect completeness, in a detailed manner, from which Rembrandt gradually departs from the 40s. The lush red and gold decoration with its brilliance resembles a baroque palace, although in reality the temple of Jerusalem is depicted.
The scribes and Pharisees led a woman to adultery in Jesus. Hoping to catch Jesus, they asked if they should be stoned with such stones as defined in the law of Moses. Jesus replied: “That one of you who is without sin, let
The painting is built on dramatic contrasts: Jesus dressed in simple brown robes with his disciples, a charming ashamed sinner, scribes and Pharisees in luxurious robes.