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Christ and the Samaritan Woman

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Bourdon, one of the founders of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in France, employed a number of devices to link this painting and its companion, Rebecca and Eleazar (MFA object no. 68.24). Each is centered around a well and consists of many figures arranged in a band across the...

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About 1664-1669, painted for the abbé de Saint-Georges (probably Claude de Saint Georges, b. 1634 - d. 1714), Paris. Louis-François, prince de Conti (b. 1717 - d. 1776), Paris; May 16, 1777, posthumous Conti sale, Muzier and Rémy, Paris, lot 2087. Private collection, Paris. By 1962, Wildenstein and Co., Paris, London, and New York [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Wildenstein to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 7, 1968) NOTES: [1] Included in the exhibition "Religious Themes in Painting from the 14th Century Onwards," Wildenstein & Co., London, March 16-May 5, 1962, no. 39.

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Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection



144.5 x 199.1 cm (56 7/8 x 78 3/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas