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Christ and the Adulteress  1550

by Lucas Cranach the Younger and Workshop

This small picture illustrates the biblical passage in which a woman accused of adultery—an offense punishable by death in Mosaic law—is brought before Christ. He responds to her accusers with the words written across the top of the painting: "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her" (John 8:7). Among the many variants of the subject that were m...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art