Albrecht Dürer 1471 – 1528

The Young Jesus among the Doctors

oil on panel (64 × 80 cm) — 1506 Museum Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Albrecht Dürer biography

This work is linked to Luke 2:46

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After three days of searching Jesus' parents find him (12) in the temple, discussing the scripture with the doctors.

Dürer shows a calm Jesus among the exited doctors. Gesturing hands come together in the center of the composition. By showing the figures at no more than half-length, all attention goes to the faces and the hands.

In this panel northern renaissance meets the southern: Dürer made it during his second visit to Italy, in Venice.

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