Ruth in Boaz’s Field

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ruth in Boaz’ Field, 1828. Oil on canvas,  National Gallery, London, England.

Julius Schnoor von Carolsfeld (1794–1872) was a 19th-century German painter and etcher-engraver. Schnoor was a member of the Nazarenes, a group of painters, founded in Vienna in 1809, who were committed to upholding the purity of form and religious subject matter of the Renaissance. Ruth in Boaz’s Field was painted in Munich, based on drawings Schnoor made while in Italy. The artist was undoubtedly emulating the style of Raphael. The painting depicts the landowner Boaz approaching Ruth to show his admiration for her hard work on behalf of her widowed mother. In the biblical book of Ruth, Boaz and Ruth are eventually married. 


Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ruth in Boaz’ Field. Oil on canvas, 1828. National Gallery, Washington.

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