Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ruth and Boaz, 1825. Reproduction.
German artist Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794–1872), a draftsman, engraver, and painter, was a member of the Nazarene Brotherhood of painters active in Rome in the early decades of the 19th century. He sought to invest his paintings with the spiritual values he admired in the art of early Renaissance Italy and Northern Europe. His best-known work is his Bible in Pictures, a collection of 240 prints showing scenes from the Bible.
The subject of this drawing (a study for a large painting) is taken from the biblical book of Ruth. Here, the Moabite widow Ruth is gleaning (gathering up grain left after the harvest) to support her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi. The landowner Boaz who talks to her has come to show his admiration for her support for her family. The two eventually marry, saving Ruth and Naomi from destitution.