Jean Béraud, (1849–1935)
St. Mary Magdalene in the House of Simon the Pharisee, c. 1891
Oil on canvas
The Parable of the Two Debtors: A Pharisee invited Jesus to eat, and Jesus went to his house. He was sitting at the table, when a woman of ill repute arrived with an alabaster jar full of perfume. Crying, she stood next to Jesus’ feet and began to bathe them with his tears. Then she dried them with her hair, kissed them and poured the perfume on them. Seeing this, the Pharisee who had invited Jesus thought: “If this man were truly a prophet he would realize who and what kind of woman this sinner is touching him.”
Then Jesus said to the Pharisee: You see this woman? I went into your house and you did not give me water for my feet; instead, this woman has bathed my feet with tears and dried them with her hair. You did not kiss me, but she, since I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not spill oil on my head, but she has spilled perfume on my feet. This is why I tell you that her many sins are forgiven, because she loved so much; but the one to whom little is forgiven, little love manifests. Then he said to the woman: -Your sins are forgiven. More on The Parable of the Two Debtors
Jean Béraud (January 12, 1849 – October 4, 1935) was a French painter, noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque. He was renowned in Paris society due to his numerous paintings depicting the life of Paris, and the nightlife of Paris society. He also painted religious subjects in a contemporary setting. Pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafeés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine are precisely detailed illustrations of everyday Parisian era of the “Belle Époque”. More Jean Béraud,
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