Christ, who is in the centre of the image, points at the adulteress with his right hand. He looks in the direction of the group of men on the left side of the painting. They have already prepared themselves for the stoning. The soft features of Christ contrast with the angry, distorted features of the man at the front of this group and the profile of an old man on the right next to Christ's head. The apostles are shown behind Christ and the adulteress. The scene, which takes place against a dark background, is brought closer to the viewer by the chosen composition.
[Görres, cda 2014]