Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst 1590 – 1656

The Young Jesus

oil on canvas (137 × 185 cm) — 1620 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Gerard (Gerrit) van Honthorst biography

This work is linked to Luke 2:40

Tags: Jesus

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Clever composition by Van Honthorst. The candle serves two purposes: shine light on the table so Joseph can see what he's doing, and shine light on the faces so we can see them.

The role of the angels to the right is not clear. Perhaps they symbolize that Jesus grew up under the guardianship of his heavenly father.

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