dated 1854

Large oil on canvas depicting the biblical scene of the New Testament "the Good Samaritan". A richly dressed man is helping a robbed half naked man in a rocky environment. A beautiful horse on the left. High quality of painting, lots of details. Signed and dated 1854 lower right.

Size: H108cm x L 94cm - H 138cm x L 122 cm

Jean-Jacques Bekkers, Belgian School

Lit: Historical and genre scene painter, Bekkers was also a portraitist. He spends most of his life in Leuven (Louvain, BE). Works in the museum of Leuven.

The parable of the Good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the New testament of the Bible, Gospel of Luke. It tells the story of a traveller who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road from Jeruzalem to Jericho. First a Jewish priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan stumbles upon the traveller. Samaritans and Jews despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to the question from a lawyer, "And who is my neighbour?". The conclusion is that the neighbour figure in the parable is the one who shows mercy to the injured fellow man—that is, the Samaritan.