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Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi arrived in Bethlehem at the start of harvest. The town was home to Boaz, a rich relative of Naomi. To earn a living, Ruth would gather the ears of corn which the reapers left on the fields. Boaz met Ruth during a visit to the fields and offered her favours as a reward for her loyalty to Noami. (Ruth 2:4-9) The Rembrandt pupil Gerbrand van de Eeckhout painted no less than six versions of this theme between 1651 and 1672. In this work dating from 1655, the painter depicts Boaz as a wealthy Oriental with a richly decorated gown and a turban. In the eyes of the people of the 17th century, such clothing gave the scene an authentic feel.

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Title Boaz and Ruth
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Depth 1.6 cm
Width 81.7 cm
Height 74.7 cm
Artists Schilder: Gerbrand van den Eeckhout
Accession number 1192 (OK)
Credits Schenking / Donation: J. van Vollenhoven 1870
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1870
Age artist About 34 years old
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Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Gerbrand van den Eeckhout

Amsterdam 1621 - Amsterdam 1674

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