Parable of the Good Samaritan

Jan Wijnants, The Parable of the Good Samaritan, 1670. Oil on canvas, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jan Wijnants (1632–1684), a painter from the Dutch Golden Age, painted this interpretation of the biblical parable in 1670. He is best known for his Italianate-influenced landscapes and noted for his sense of open space, soft light, and pastoral images. His signature landscapes include dunes and sandy roads, with dead or broken trees highlighted. In this painting, however, we see a rocky, uneven road strewn with broken branches. The softly lit sky gives the landscape a serene cast that belies the urgency portrayed in the primary images of the injured man and the one who stopped to care for him. Wijnants portrays the caregiver in bright red and pouring healing oil on visible wounds. He is the hero of the story, the example to be followed.

Jan Wijnants, Parable of the Good Samaritan. Oil on canvas, 1670.

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