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The Circumcision of Christ, ca. 1500 - ca. 1525

  • oil paint, panel
  • 34.5 x 26.5 cm
  • Inv. 1953-Q

Public Domain

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The two panels depicting The Circumcision of Christ and Christ in the Garden of Olives are painted in a naive and popular style. They are a part of a larger painting with Calvary in the centre, with on either side three scenes from Christ’s Passion. In 1952 the panel was sawn into seven panels which were then sold separately. The left panel depicts Christ’s circumcision in the temple in the presence of his mother Mary and several guests.On the right panel we see Christ in the Garden of Olives. He foresees the suffering he will endure and, overcome by a terrible fear, begs God to ‘let this cup pass me by’. Next to Jesus lie the figures of James, John and Peter who are sleeping peacefully instead of keeping vigil and praying with Him.


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Title The Circumcision of Christ
Date ca. 1500 - ca. 1525
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Collection paintings AAT
Object type oil paintings (visual works) AAT
Inventory number 1953-Q
Acquisition credit gift
The Friends of the Museum
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11D Christ Iconclass
11D21 Christ-child (with attributes) Iconclass
11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11Q7141 altars (religious fixtures) Iconclass
12A521 high priest ~ hierarchy of priests Iconclass
12A711 'berit milah', circumcision ~ Jewish ceremonies Iconclass
12A7114 circumcision set, e.g. knife ~ Jewish ceremonies Iconclass
41A43(TILED FLOOR) floor-covering (TILED FLOOR) Iconclass
41A711 table Iconclass
41C37 table-cloth Iconclass
41D26511 gold-thread embroidery Iconclass
41D26512 embroidery with beads Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73B3 circumcision of the Christ-child by the priest in the temple (Luke 2:21) Iconclass
School / Style Early Netherlandish AAT
Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent : Catalogus schilderkunst ; Deel I: 14de - 18de eeuw ; Deel II: 19de - 20ste eeuw / Robert Hoozee, Johan De Smet, Bruno Fornari, Ruth Monteyne. - Gent : Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, 2007 (dl. I, p. 174-175 (ill.))
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