Christ and the Adulteress

Lucas Cranach the Younger and Workshop German

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 537

This small picture illustrates the biblical passage in which a woman accused of adultery—an offense punishable by death in Mosaic law—is brought before Christ. He responds to her accusers with the words written across the top of the painting: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). Among the many variants of the subject that were made in Cranach’s workshop, this panel is unusual because it most likely formed a pair with Christ Blessing the Children, displayed to the left.

Christ and the Adulteress, Lucas Cranach the Younger and Workshop (German, Wittenberg 1515–1586 Wittenberg), Oil on beech

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