In a parable recounted in the New Testament, Christ described how a traveller, stripped and beaten half-dead by robbers, was saved by a Samaritan, while a Priest and a Levite 'passed by on the other side' (Luke 10: 25-38). The flasks in the painting are for the oil and wine which the Samaritan pours on the traveller's wounds. The distant city is the artist's native Bassano. This work is also known in other versions.


  • Title: The Good Samaritan
  • Creator: Jacopo Bassano
  • Date Created: about 1562-3
  • Physical Dimensions: 102.1 x 79.7 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • School: Italian (Venetian)
  • More Info: Explore the National Gallery’s paintings online
  • Inventory number: NG277
  • Artist Dates: active about 1535; died 1592
  • Artist Biography: Jacopo dal Ponte, called Bassano, is the most famous of a family of painters from Bassano in the Veneto. He was mainly active also in Venice and the Veneto. Bassano developed a rustic, realistic and expressive style indebted to prints by Dürer, and was a pioneer in Italy of night scenes. Jacopo Bassano was probably first trained by his father, Francesco, and then in Venice with Bonifazio Veronese. His earliest known works, produced in Bassano, date from the later 1530s. Bassano was grounded in Venetian painting, particularly in the work of Titian and Lotto. In addition to the influence of Northern prints, his expressive style was indebted, from about 1540, to the work of Raphael and Parmigianino.
  • Acquisition Credit: Bought, 1856

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