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  • Childhood of Christ

    Artist:
    Honthorst, Gerrit van. 1590-1656
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    137x185 cm

Honthorst, Gerrit van. 1590-1656

Childhood of Christ

Holland, Circa 1620

The subject of this canvas is thought to be an apocryphal story from the childhood of Christ: Jesus helps the carpenter Joseph, his foster-father, with advice. Gerrit van Honthorst was one of the leading Dutch followers of Caravaggio. The influence of the great Italian master is clear in the down-to-earth nature of the scene, in the half-figures shown close to, and in the powerful contrasts of light and shade. It was no accident that earlier the Hermitage picture was thought to be a copy from Caravaggio's picture. Here a candle as a strong source of light may refer to Christ's words: "I am the light of the world" (John, 8:12).

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Childhood of Christ

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oil

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137x185 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1925; handed over from the collection of P.P. Durnovo in Petersburg

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-5276

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