'The Good Samaritan paying the innkeeper' c1650

Studio of Rembrandt van Rijn

'The Good Samaritan paying the innkeeper' Studio of Rembrandt van Rijn

Pen and brown ink with corrections in white bodycolour, 16.2 x 19cm

It is not known exactly who drew this sketch from amongst Rembrandt's many pupils. Whoever it was, he has absorbed Rembrandt's ability to stage a scene in an unusual and powerful way. Unusually, the center of attention is not the injured traveler. His profile is just visible above the bench in the foreground. His presence is only really felt because of the look of pity he receives from the kneeling woman. Attention is instead focused on the Samaritan as he reaches into his bag for money to pay the innkeeper. As he does this, the innkeeper looks on expectantly and an old woman stares greedily in anticipation. All these expressions are described with a few bold strokes of the pen.

The drawing may be by Willem Drost, a pupil of Rembrandt. It is similar in style to some of his other drawings. There is also another drawing illustrating the Samaritan story attributed to Drost from the mid-1650s.

Purchased with the help of the Art Fund and National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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