Christ and the Canaanite Woman

Object Details


Christ and the Canaanite Woman




Italy, Europe (Place created)


about 1530


Black chalk, pen and brown ink, and brown and gray wash


45.1 × 31.8 cm (17 3/4 × 12 1/2 in.)

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Scholars are uncertain of both the subject and the artist of this drawing. It seems to show a scene from the Gospel of Saint Matthew. When Christ and his disciples were on their way to Cana, they met a woman who begged Christ to heal her sick daughter. Ignoring the protests of his followers, who objected that the woman was not an Israelite, Christ performed the miracle.

With the top of the sheet cut into the shape of an arch, the balanced figures dominate the foreground plane. Behind them a rocky outcrop supports a cluster of trees, while the road winds across a river into the distance. To lighten the areas of darker wash, the artist used liberal amounts of white bodycolor in the landscape.

Mise-en-Page: The Art of Composing on Paper (December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), December 17, 2002 to March 9, 2003