Jesus and the Samaritan Woman at the Well
Southwest German (?)
Made about 1420

This early example of revese glass painting may have been one of a series with the scenes from the life of Jesus. The subject is a rarely depicted episode from the Gospel of John in which Jesus converses with a woman from Samaria. Their encounter was unexpected since, as Saint John said, “Jews do not associate with Samaritans.” As a result of their conversation, the womaqn became convinced that Jesus was the Messiah. The glass panel, originally from an altar or pulpit, was part of a series depicting the life of Christ.

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