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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Good Samaritan

Jacopo Bassano (also known as Jacopo da Ponte) (1510-1592)
Study for 'The Good Samaritan' (National Gallery, London) (recto)
probably 1550-70
Chalk (black and red) on paper (blue)
Height: 21.6 cm; Width: 27.4 cm
Inscription
Stamped, ink, recto, collector's mark of Robert Witt, Lugt 2228a:
RMW
The Courtauld Institute, London

Jacopo Bassano (also known as Jacopo da Ponte) (1510-1592)
The Good Samaritan
probably 1550-70
Oil on canvas
101.5 x 79.4 cm
The National Gallery, London



The distant city is the artist's native Bassano

A traveller tends to the wounds of a total stranger: neighbourly love overcomes racial and religious prejudice.