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The Good Samaritan

ca. 1615-1616

Jacob Jordaens

Jacob Jordaens, a great master of Flemish Baroque painting, here depicts one of the most dramatic moments in the biblical episode of the Good Samaritan. The figure clad in a turban and rich Eastern attire comes to the aid of a hapless traveller left stripped and wounded on the road by robbers, thus exemplifying the virtues of generosity and compassion. The highly theatrical composition is built up on the dynamic diagonals characteristic of the Baroque. The narrow focus and the depiction of the traveller's body, which slumps forwards almost as though to emerge from the frame, directly address the viewers as witnesses to the scene and prompt them to question their own values.

Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi/ Photo: APF

Artwork Details

Artist: Jacob Jordaens
Title: The Good Samaritan
Geography: Antwerp, Belgium
Date: ca. 1615-1616

Medium: oil on canvas

Classification: graphic arts (drawing, painting, engraving, calligraphy)

Dimensions: 185.5 x 173 cm
Inventory number: LAD 2012.009
Contact for images: [email protected]


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