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Painting of the Week: The Woman Taken in Adultery

In The Woman Taken in Adultery, Rembrandt beautifully portrays the well-known story of Jesus defending an accused adulterer and teaching a lesson on compassion and hypocrisy.

Jesus’ stature is exaggerated to make him seem taller (and thus morally superior) to those trying to trick him. He is brightly lit with a compassionate expression, emphasizing the central theme of the narrative. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: The Descent from the Cross

In this sorrowful piece by Rembrandt, Joseph of Arimathea is seen helping Jesus down from the cross. The man in blue holding Jesus’ arm is a self-portrait, and the man watching on the right is Nicodemus who assisted Joseph in burying Jesus (John 19:39–40). [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Christ on the Cross

Rembrandt’s painting of the Crucifixion emphasizes the divine drama in this pivotal moment of our Faith.

In Rembrandt’s representation, Christ’s body is stretched out on the cross. The background appears empty, underscoring his abandonment by the disciples and his being forsaken by the Father. The sign above his head reads, “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), which Roman soldiers intended to humiliate him. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Samson and Delilah

This work by Rembrandt, Samson and Delilah, is characteristic of the artist’s ability to capture the narrative behind his paintings.

When Samson tells Delilah the secret to his superhuman strength, that he doesn’t cut his hair to uphold his vow to God, Delilah deceives him. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: The Stoning of St. Stephen


This early painting by the Dutch artist Rembrandt beautifully displays the brutality of St. Stephen’s stoning, found in Acts 7.

In the background, you can see the man who became the apostle Paul holding the mob’s tunics. [Read more…]

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