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Giovanni Lanfranco (1582 - 1647):
Christ and the Woman of Samaria
A1134; oil on canvas; 66 x 86.5 cm.
Prov: probably Filippo II Colonna, Rome, by 1706.
Purchased with the assistance of Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, The Art Fund and other donors, to mark the Keepership of Dr Kenneth Garlick (1968 - 84), 1985; WA1985.29.
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 - 8. 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.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.