RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Christ at Simon the Pharisee1618-20
Oil on canvas transferred from wood, 189 x 285 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
According to the Bible (Luke 7:40-50) Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to share a meal. He received Jesus in his home. While they were at table, a sinner, occasionally taken wrongly to be Mary Magdalene, came and poured ointment over Jesus' feet.