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Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Based on the painting, dated 1565, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, in the Courtauld Institute Galleries, London (The Princes Gate Collection, 9)

Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Flemish (active Antwerp), 1564 - 1637/38

Made in Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium), Europe

c. 1600

Oil on panel

11 1/16 x 16 inches (28.1 x 40.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
Cat. 423

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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In his encounter with the adulteress (John 8:7), Jesus begins to write, "Die sonder sonde is, die w…" ("He that is without sin [among you]") on the ground. For this work, Pieter Brueghel the Younger followed the composition of his father's (Pieter Bruegel the Elder) 1565 grisaille painting, now in the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery in London. The younger artist spelled his last name differently than his father.