Christ and the Woman of Samaria

Benedetto Luti Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 640

Christ is depicted in conversation with a Samaritan woman, a member of a sect despised by the Jewish authorities, signifying the universality of his message. The subject relates to a larger oil on canvas listed in an inventory taken after Luti’s death. However, the high level of finish and surface detail as well as the use of an expensive copper support make it unlikely that this work was made merely as a preparatory study. Luti enjoyed an outstanding reputation in Rome and this painting may have belonged to Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667–1740), one of the most important patrons and collectors of the day.

Christ and the Woman of Samaria, Benedetto Luti (Italian, Florence 1666–1724 Rome), Oil on copper

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