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Maker(s):Parrocel, Pierre
Culture:French (1670 - 1734)
Title:Christ and the Samaritan Woman
Date Made:ca. 1707-1710
Materials:Black chalk with highlights in white chalk on medium weight brown laid paper laid down with traces of framing lines in black chalk
Place Made:France
Measurements:mount: 8 15/16 in x 14 3/4 in; 22.70125 cm x 37.465 cm; sheet: 8 5/16 in x 14 3/16 in; 21.11375 cm x 36.03625 cm
Narrative Inscription:  unsigned, undated
Accession Number:  SC 2011.9.3
Credit Line:Purchased with the Diane Allen Nixon, class of 1957, Fund
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

outdoors, background of trees, leaves and low hills, stone well in center foreground with seated figure of Christ on left gesturing upward with proper right hand, head turned toward woman stepping down from well with large vessel on her head, she is looking at him and gesturing toward the right with her proper left hand, her proper right holding the container on her head

Label Text:
Label text for ARH 240 French and Italian Drawings Renaissance through Romanticism, written by Sara Ottomano, class of 2015:

Mostly found in French public collections, the graphic oeuvre of Pierre Parrocel includes a series of eighty drawings that center on the life of Jesus Christ. This study on a rather unusual brown sheet depicts Christ’s conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. Despite well-known stereotypes and prejudices relating to her person and ethnicity, she is treated as worthy of instruction and conversion.

men; women; exterior; landscapes; vegetation; architecture; water; labor; religion; Christianity

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