Andrea Mantegna 1431 – 1506

The Circumcision

oil on panel (86 × 42 cm) — 1462 Museum Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Andrea Mantegna biography

This work is linked to Luke 2:21

Just like other Jewish boys little Jesus was circumcised a few days after his birth. Mantegna here sets the episode in a temple, where a priest yields the knife.

This panel was probably the right wing of a triptych with the Ascension of Christ to the left and the Adoration of the Magi in the centre.

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