Duhaime's LawGallery - The Law In Pictures

  

If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone.

  • Object type: Painting
  • Formal Title: Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery
  • Creator: Harmenszoon van Rijn Rembrandt
  • Date Created: 1644
  • Origin: Amsterdam
  • Current Location: National Gallery, London, England

In John 8, the Bible (New Testament), Jesus is described as being interrupted in his preaching in the temple when a group of lawyers bring a convicted adulteress to him. Hoping to have him contradict ancient Mosaic law, they reminded him of the ancient law: that an adulteress was to be stoned alive.

According to the New International version of the New Testament, Jesus asked the lawyers "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." Slowly, one by one, the people left Jesus with the adulteress whom he set free asking her to "go now and leave your life of sin."

Art experts search for hidden meaning in Rembrandt's portrayal of this event; the huge yet dark temple but for the light falling upon the nameless adulteress.

In 1807, the paining was sold in London and in 1824, acquired by the National Gallery.


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