This painting illustrates the gospel story of Christ being asked to sentence an adulterous woman to death. He replied that all those who even briefly consider the idea of adultery but do not act on it are as guilty as the woman, whom he dismissed, telling her not to sin again.
This is one of the most important works in Glasgow's collections. It is an early work, dating from about 1509, when the young Titian's developing style was still close to that of his teacher, Giorgione. Another work now in Glasgow's collection, the 'Head of a Man', originally formed part of this same painting, but was cut off at an unknown date.
Where to see this painting?
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Argyle Street, Glasgow, Scotland, G3 8AG
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.
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