Bassano's 'The Good Samaritan': A painting for our time?

Date and time

Wednesday 19 July, 1–1.30pm

Room 9

Mark Oakley


Admission free

Bassano’s depiction of The Good Samaritan shows the story of a traveller who, after having been attacked, robbed, and left for dead, is helped by a Samaritan when both a priest and a Levite have ‘passed by on the other side’.

Canon Mark Oakley examines Bassano’s painting and asks what lessons it might hold for contemporary life.


Mark Oakley is Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral with particular responsibility for educational work and engagement with the arts. He is a visiting lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s College London, and has written and lectured widely on the ways in which art explores theological themes.

Lunchtime talks

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Supported by Elizabeth and Daniel Peltz OBE

Image above: Detail from Jacopo Bassano, The Good Samaritan, about 1562–3