Saturday, June 17, 2017

Boaz pouring Six Measures of Barley into Ruth's veil (c. 1645)


Boaz pouring Six Measures of Barley into Ruth's veil (c. 1645)
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
pen drawing (13 × 14 cm) — c. 1645
Ruth 3:15 - Also he said, Bring the vail that thou hast upon thee, and hold it. And when she held it, he measured six measures of barley, and laid it on her: and she went into the city.
The widow Ruth receives 6 measures of barley from Boaz, a rich farmer remotely related to Ruth's mother-in-law Naomi. Ruth was collecting ears of corn on Boaz's field. Boaz had heard that Ruth had looked after Naomi quite unselfishly, and he thought she deserved a good turn.

The two faces show strong affection: Ruth is grateful for the barley and Boaz is happy to help the woman about whom he had heard so many good things.
>>>> Ruth


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