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Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (1844—1927)  Christ and Woman Taken in Adultery, 1886-1887  Oil on canvas  325õ611 cm  The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
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Title: Christ and Woman Taken
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Vasily Dmitrievich Polenov (1844—1927)
Christ and Woman Taken in Adultery, 1886-1887
Oil on canvas
325õ611 cm
The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

The subject of this painting is taken the New Testament (John 8: 3-12). When asked by the scribes and Pharisees to condone the stoning of a woman taken in adultery (in accordance with the Law of Moses) Christ is said to have 'stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not'. When the question was repeated he 'lifted up himself and said unto them, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her".'

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