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After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858)

'Ruth et Noémi' 1860

Albumen print? | RCIN 2865056

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Photograph of a painting by Ary Scheffer, the prime version of which was created around 1854 and is now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (?). Inspired by a scene from The Old Testament (Book of Ruth 1:15-16), the work depicts the Israelite Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth in thee-quarter length. The women are facing and gazing each other. Naomi holds Ruth's left hand with her left hand, and places it tenderly against her right shoulder. A third female figure can be seen in the background, to the left.

Ary Scheffer (and his studio) continued throughout his life to produce new works of old compositions on demand. His paintings were also widely reproduced as etchings.

  • Creator(s)

    After Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) (artist)

    Robert Jefferson Bingham (1825-70) (photographer)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Object type(s)
      • visual works
        • photographs