The Good Samaritan
Kirsten Malcolm Berry Watercolor on paper 2006
But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. (Luke 10:33,34)
Berry’s piece focuses on the moment of healing, when the Samaritan binds the wounds of the man who is robbed, beaten, and left for dead. She illustrates the lavish expenditure on the part of the Samaritan, who unsparingly pours ointments upon the wounds of a man who hated him and his kind. The text of the parable, in the original Greek, surrounds the vessels. The very words of Christ seem to encircle this healing action.