The bowed woman cured by Christ. Engraving by J.P. Saenredam after H. Goltzius, 159- (?).

  • Goltzius, Hendrik, 1558-1617.
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The woman is bowed forwards as in ankylosing spondylitis; possibly also shown with a hunchback. In the background on the left the woman is seen bowing before Christ, who is surrounded by the leaders of the synagogue watching him suspiciously


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [between 1590 and 1599?]

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Dum mulier sentit divino numine nervos/ Firmari, extollit nomen ad astra dei. Balthasarus Schonaeus. H. Goltzius inventor. I. Saenredam sculp. Translation of lettering: While the woman feels her sinews being strengthened by divine influence, she praises the name of God to the stars

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Bible. N.T. Luke 13.10-17: "And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him."


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