BRUEGEL, Pieter the Elder
(b. ca. 1525, Brogel, d. 1569, Brussel)

Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery

Oil on canvas, 24 x 34 cm
Courtauld Gallery, London

The woman whom the Pharisees have accused has been portrayed by Bruegel as a graceful figure in the centre of the picture. She represents one of the few female figures to be painted by Bruegel not as an earthy country woman but instead in accordance with the urban ideal of beauty.