The art was done between the years 1595 and 1597, before Annibale went to Rome, with Abbot Astorre Sampieri commissioning the painting. Annibale Carracci uses his favourite painting medium ‘paint on canvas,’ to achieve an exemplary artwork. Just like many other of his paintings, he uses the baroque technique that involves extravagant use of paint to come up with rich details and amazing finishes. He is keen enough to bring forth the religious scene as described in the gospel of John.
Throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries, there was a considerable number of religious paintings being developed by artists for devotion purposes. The Christ and the Samaritan Woman by Annibale Carracci is one of those paintings. Here, Annibale Carracci showcases one of the incidents in the gospel of John, and he does a great job of coming up with stunning art. From the painting, you can see Jesus seated on a stone trying to explain something to the Samaritan woman who is walking away. The well is nicely painted, and the inclusion of a jar and a drawing contain shows that the woman was on the verge of drawing water.
Annibale Carracci puts a few vegetation on the immediate surrounding and adds a tree in the background to make the painting realistic. Annibale Carracci also adds people who seem to be communicating with each other apart from a woman who is at the front carrying items with clothing. The whole surroundings are adorned with rich details, including castles and vegetation cover. There are other two people from a distance on a path. The fact that they are tiny indicates how far they are from the main subjects of the painting.
If you take a closer look at the Samaritan woman, you can see that Annibale Carracci uses a variety of paints to ensure that she comes out clearly. The woman is barefoot with a white gown and a yellow robe. Her hair is covered with a long headscarf, which extends to her front. Annibale Carracci also paints Christ with barefoot. He is wearing a pink gown and a blue robe with one palm on his chest while the other hand is pointing something in the other direction. The four men in the background are nicely painted that you can see their long beards as well as the heads. There is also a third person who is walking from the vegetation cover, which is behind Christ. Annibale Carracci only draws him partially and obstructs the other part with vegetation. The current location of the Christ and the Samaritan Woman painting is in Szépmûvészeti Múzeum in Budapest.