18. The Good Samaritan
John August Swanson (1938- )
10 3/4 x 30 1/2
John August Swanson has chosen to tell the story of The Good Samaritan as a three-panel narrative. He
breaks the story into three segments: in the first frame the man who sets out on a journey from
Jerusalem to Jericho is portrayed carrying a staff and walking with his donkey; the middle section
shows a robber in the heat of the day beating the man who has raised his hands above his head to
defend himself; and in the final panel the Samaritan man has stopped to offer his assistance to the victim
spread out on the ground. Swanson’s elaborately colored and intricately designed serigraph is a masterful
artistic accomplishment filled with minute details and insightful elements throughout the work.
Luke 10: 30-37
30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of
robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest
happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a
Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He
went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey,
took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins and gave
them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra
expense you may have.'
36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."