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Images of Women in Renaissance Prints and Drawings: The Woman Taken in Adultery

Biblical Subjects / Mythological Subjects / Allegorical Subjects / Historical Subjects

Adam and Eve / Noah / Lot and his Daughters / Joseph / Samson / Jephthah and his Daughter
David / Judith / Esther / Susanna and the Elders
De Vos Old Testament Women 1 / De Vos Old Testament Women 2 / De Vos New Testament Women
The Virgin Mary / Mary Magdalen / The Woman taken in adultery
Maundy Thursday / The Crucifixion / The Lamentation / The Resurrection
In addition to the stories referred ton on the page devoted to Mary Magdalen, the story of the woman taken in adultery is sometimes associated with her as well. The story is to be found in the Gospel according to St. John 8: 3-11: "The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?' They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' She said, 'No one, sir.' And Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.' "
Georg Pencz (German, 1500-1550), Christ and the Woman taken in adultery (Bartsch 55, Hollstein 33). Original engraving, c. 1546. A very good impression trimmed on or within the platemark. Signed in the plate lower right side. From the collections of Furst zu Furstenberg (Lugt 995) and Bechberger (L. 2133). Jesus writes on the ground while the crowd prepares to stone the woman (often identified with Mary Magdalen); in a moment, when no one can acknowledge himself without sin, they will disperse and Jesus will direct the woman to "Go and sin no more." Image size: 61x83mm. Price: Please call or email for current pricing information.
Jan Saenredam (Dutch, c. 1565-1607), Women of the New Testament: The Woman taken in adultery (Bartsch 47 i/iii). Engraving after Hendrik Goltzius. Signed in the plate at the base of the column lower right: "HGoltzius inuentor I Saendredam sculpt." Ours is a beautiful impression of the first state of three trimmed just inside the platemark. In the background, Jesus ignores the woman's accusers and writes on the ground. Provenance: B. P. Ge[nt] No. 47 in pencil verso, unidentified collector's mark verso crown over an interlinked EL monogram verso and with the stamp of Charles M. Lea, whose collection was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with their crossed out collection number verso. Image size: 188x137mm. Price: Please call or email for current pricing information.
Jean Cousin the Younger (French, 1522-1594), La Femme adultere garantie de la mort par J. C. / The adulterous woman saved from death by Jesus Christ. Original woodcut, c. 1590-1594. Published in Figures de la Sainct Bible (1596, 1614). Jean Cousin and his father were both court painters for the Valois kings. These woodcuts are strongly mannerist in style. On the verso is Guérison d'un Enfant muet & lunatique. A good strong impression on laid paper. Image size: 136x191mm. Price: Please call or email for current pricing information.
Carel de Mallery (Antwerp, 1566-1628), Mulier Adultera / The Adulterous Woman (New Holl. 427 iii/iii, with the Biblical citation). Engraving after Maarten de Vos, c. 1597. Plate 6 from a set of Icones Illustrum Feminarium Novi Testamenti / Images of Celebrated Women of the New Testament" consisting of 15 engravings (plus frontispiece) by Jan or Adrien Collaert or Carel de Mallery published in Antwerp by Jan Galle. Image size: 154x94mm. Price: Please call or email for current pricing information.
Jean Baptist Barbé (Antwerp, 1578-1649), Christ and the Woman taken in Adultery (New Hollstein de Vos 302 copy b). Engraving after Maarten de Vos as published by CJVischer in 1643 and 1648. The scene depicts some of the sins that the accusers are not without: the conspiring elders seeem not to care about punishing the woman as having a pretext for discrediting Jesus. the temple guard fondling the woman's breast des not seem to concerned about the prohibition against adultery since he too would be liable, the elder at left closeset to Jesus is peering through very thick lenses at Jesus writing on the floor of the temple, perhaps to suggest his blindness, and the two priests in the rear behind and to the left of St Peter and St John seem locked in an embrace of their own. Ours is a beautiful impression with large margins. Image size: 205x258mm. Price: Please call or email for current pricing information.
Also of interest:

North Italian Illuminated Manuscript / Italian School, 16th and early 17th-Century Drawings
Cherubino Alberti / Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Annibale Carracci / Parmigianino / Marcantonio Raimondi
Giulio Romano / Jacopo Palma il Giovane / Andrea Schiavone / Tintoretto / Titian (after) / Veronese / Federico Zuccaro

Italian School, 17th-Century Drawings / Drawings2 / Simone Cantarini / Domenichino / Guercino / Pier Francesco Mola

Italian School Printmakers, 15th-17th Centuries:Venetian School, c. 1497 / Raphael School / Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio
Marcantonio Raimondi / The Master of the Die / Anea Vico / Agostino Veneziano / Nicholas Beatrizet
Michelangelo Buonarotti (After) / Girolamo Fagiuoli / Cherubino Alberti / Titian (after) / Tintoretto (after)
Parmigianino / Giorgio Ghisi / Diana Scultori / Annibale Carracci / Ludovico Carracci / Simone Cantarini / Elisabetta Sirani
Gerolamo Scarsello

Netherlandish School 15th-17th-Century Drawings / Flemish School, 17th-Century
Bernaert van Orley / Lucas van Leyden / Maarten de Vos / Jan Baptiste de Wael / Abraham Bloemaert
Peter Paul Rubens / Philipp Sadeler / Nicolaes Maes / Rembrandt School

Netherlandish Printmakers 16th-17th Centuries: Lucas van Leyden, Maarten van Heemskerck, Cornelis Cort
Philips Galle, Hans (Jan) Collaert, Adriaen Collaert, Karel de Mallery, Theodore Galle, Hendrik Goltzius
Julius Goltzius, Jacob Matham, Jan Sanraedam, Marten de Vos, Jan Sadeler, Aegidius Sadeler, Raphael Sadeler
Crispin de Passe, Magdalena de Passe, Wierix Brothers, Rembrandt, Rembrandt School, Jan Lievens, Jan Joris van Vliet,
Ferdinand Bol, Govert Flinck

German Drawings: Hans Sebald Beham / Virgil Solis / Hans von Aachen / Johann Heinrich Roos
German 16th century printmakers: Heinrich Aldegrever, Jost Amman, Hans Sebald Beham, Hans Brosamer, Hans Burgkmair,
Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Durer (After), Augustin Hirschvogel, Hans Holbein (After), Hopfer Family,
Monogrammist IS with the Shovel, Georg Pencz, Hans Schäufelein, Virgil Solis, Monogrammist W.S. (Wolfgang Stuber?).

French Drawings: Charles de La Fosse / Etienne Parrocel / François Boucher / Jean-François de Neufforge / Mouricault
French printmakers: Etienne Delaunne / Rene Boyvin /Thomas de Leu / Jean Cousin the Younger / Jacques Callot
Abraham Bosse / Sebastien Bourdon / Claude Gelle "le Lorraine" / Jean LePautre
Claudine Bouzonnet Stella / Antonette Bouzonnet Stella / Gabriel Perelle

19th-Century Drawings / 20th-Century Drawings

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