The Good Samaritan

Rembrandt van Rijn, The Good Samaritan, 1630. Oil on canvas, Wallace Collection, London.

This painting of the Good Samaritan attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn (1606−1669) is inspired by a familiar parable from the Gospel of Luke (Luke 10:29-37). The story tells the tale of a ransacked and injured traveler who is helped with exceptional compassion by a passing Samaritan. The attribution to Rembrandt is disputed however, with some scholars assigning it to Rembrandt’s studio. The painting resides in the Wallace Collection in London where the current thinking is that Rembrandt himself produced the work. The work was completed in 1630 when Rembrandt was just 24 years old. It shows the remarkable confidence of the artist, especially in the skilled rendering of the horse. 

Rembrandt, The Good Samaritan. Oil on canvas, circa 1633.

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