The adulterous woman is an episode from the Gospel according to Saint John.
Jesus confronts the scribes and the Pharisees in order to avoid the sentence for adultery: stoning.
Jesus denounces the hypocrisy of his opponents with this formula: "Let he who has never sinned cast the first stone".
The painter paints precisely the moment when Jesus decides to take the defense of the adulterous woman.
The moment is perfectly staged: the light emanates from the center of the painting where Jesus, the woman and her accusers are, directing the viewer's gaze to the central subject.
The woman is placed behind Jesus, clinging to him, the pink color of her garment shows who is one of the main characters of the story, when the whole work is in shades of blue green and brown.
The scribes and Pharisees are recognized by their more elaborate tunic.
The other characters represent the people, stone in hand, ready to stone the young woman.
Each character is thought and reflected by the painter and great care is taken with the details, the expression of their faces, the attitude of their bodies, their clothes ...
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