Christ and the Sinner by Rembrandt Harmens Van Rhine

Christ and the Sinner by Rembrandt Harmens Van Rhine

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

him first cast a stone at her.” Embarrassed, the accusers withdrew, and Jesus told the woman to go and continue not to sin.

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.

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