Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669

Let The Children Come To Me

oil on canvas (103 × 86 cm) — c. 1628
private collection

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn biography

This work is linked to Mark 10:13

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A number of women wanted their children to be blessed by Jesus. His disciples disapproved, but Jesus then says that one should receive the Kingdom of God the way a child would if one wants to enter it.

Jesus, the children and their mothers are in the foreground. Behind them some of the apostles look on disapproving.

The young man in the top is assumed to be a self-portrait by Rembrandt. It is his depiction that in 2014 convinced an art dealer that this might be a true Rembrandt: it was to be auctioned as a painting by an anonymous artist in the Netherlandish School. Also, Jesus's face is quite similar to the face in the Money Changers, an earlier work by Rembrandt.

The painting turned out to have been partially painted over. The photo was taken during the restoration.

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