Thursday, 26 February 2015

The woman taken in adultery- A masterpiece of oil painting by Rembrandt, the Dutch Artist

"The Woman taken in adultery" - an oil painting in distinctively Rembrandt style is now permanently in display at National Gallery, London, UK. It measures 83.8 x 65.4 cm (33 x 25 in) and is significantly authenticated  with the presence of Rembrandt's signature. The symbolic nature of Rembrandt's depiction of The woman taken in adultery is that God forgives sinners. It portrays the Bible text John V111: 3-7, whereby scribes and Pharisees (members of an ancient Jewish sect who observed strictly their traditional and written law) brought into the temple a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.  They asked Jesus for his opinion to trick him into an open denouncement of religious law. The text relates that they said to him, 'Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?' Jesus replied 'Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.'

The nature scene and life in a country village

Rembrandt depicts the taller figure of Jesus surrounded by the throng with the young woman kneeling before him. The style of painting particularly in the many smaller figures in the background and its attention to interior detail, is characteristic of Rembrandt's art created in the 1630s.

A quick witted reply displaying Jesus's magnanimous wisdom saved the life of the wretched woman. In present day 385 years later, many religious fanatics, the nefarious radical jihadists will be too glad, to hail excitingly to throw stones without been asked at the poor targeted victim.

One of the many nudes Rembrandt painted - Woman in bed.
This painting depicts Danae-the mistress of the god Jupiter
 awaiting her lover who appears at the background.
The Jewish Bride - A man embracing his new wife -1665(7)
The anatomy lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp - 1632
The night watch-Officers and guardsmen of the
Amsterdam Civil Guard Company-1642.
Portrait of Johannes - 1633
See the meticulous drawn details of
the facial look of this man.
One of the most distinguished, talented, prolific artistes of all times, among the peers of Michelangelo, and Leonardo Da Vinci, Master Painter Rembrandt van Rijn had been well-known for his invaluable, lifetime artworks of portraits, self-portraits, etchings, landscapes and drawings of legendary biblical events.  Rembrandt (1606-1669) was active at the time of the Golden Age of Netherland when all classic and European artistry flourished.   Although he was such a great, and renowned artist, Rembrandt's life was plagued with miseries, having three of his four children died young, as did his wife in 1642. Despite his awesome success in churning out masterpieces, he faced the ill-fate of having his house and its contents auctioned to pay off debts. He continued painting to earn a meagre living and sustain his reputation as a giant in his intriguing artworks. Rembrandt was famous for his mastery of light and shade in the background of his works, as well of his sense of tone. On portraits Rembrandt always showed his uncanny, amazing artistic skill to capture the character's vitality, the movements and expressions, and each individual's personality. That was the remarkable aspects of Rembrandt's accomplished artworks.
Self-portrait painted in 1633
Self-portrait of Rembrandt in his 60s

Alan CY Kok
Reference: The Life and Works of Rembrandt
By Rosalind Ormiston

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