Woman taken in Adultery
Ortolano (active ca. 1500-after 1527)
Oil on panel
Height: 71.6 cm ( canvas ); Width: 87.3 cm ( canvas ); Height: 97.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 112 cm ( frame ); Depth: 7 cm ( frame );
Lee of Fareham, Arthur Hamilton (1st Viscount); bequest; 1947
About this work
Ortolano’s picture shows a celebrated episode from the Gospel of Saint John. Christ came upon a crowd about to stone to death a woman convicted of adultery. Asked for advice, he wrote on the ground: ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.'
Ortolano’s esoteric style is notable for its contrasting colours. Ortolano and other Renaissance painters from Ferrara were much admired until the nineteenth century. King Charles I owned this picture in the 1630s.
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