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Presented by the National Union of Mineworkers, Barnsley, 1963 Museums Sheffield
The Pool of Bethesda
Date Made/Found: 1730-1750
Artist: School of Leonardo Coccorante , Italian, 1680 - 1750
Material and Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Sight size: 1252 x 1780mm Overall: 2112 x 1575 x 15mm
Department: Visual Art
Accession Number: VIS.2417
St John, in his Gospel in the Bible, speaks of Bethesda as being the 'house of mercy'. Nearby waters reputedly had the power to heal the sick, and it was here that Jesus healed the lame man. In this monumental composition the small figures of the sick approach the pool seeking a cure; on the left of the picture the incident of Jesus's miracle is only identifiable by the small halo around His person. Coccorante was known for his prowess in depicting ruins, and it is probable that another artist painted the figures.
Display Location: In Store
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