The Good Samaritan is one of the few instances in which Rembrandt closely copied a work in another medium, namely the 1630 oil painting of similar dimensions in the Wallace Collection, London (Bredius 545). Both works may have been stimulated by Jan van de Velde's nocturnal rendition of the subject dating from the 1620's (Holl. 12).
The Good Samaritan is one of the most pictorial of Rembrandt's etchings showing a biblical subject in a contemporary Dutch setting. Executed when Rembrandt was only 27, The Good Samaritan illustrates the extraordinary technical confidence of the young artist who, by use of varied lines and techniques, conjures up both color and movement in this monochrome medium.