Orazio Borgianni ca. 1575 – 1616
Jesus Amongst the Doctors
oil on canvas (78 × 105 cm) — 1610
This work is linked to Luke 2:46
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In the Jerusalem temple the twelve year old Jesus discusses with a number of doctors. They seem impressed by his arguments.
This is a very dynamic painting by Borgianni. In a way it is a mixture of Caravaggio's chiaroscuro and the rich colors of Titian's Venetian School. The effect is that the spectator witnesses a fierce debate.
It was made in Rome, probably in commission of the Spanish diplomat Juan de Lezcano. In 2012 a Dutch private collector, the Broere Foundation, acquired it at an auction for £ 3.4 million. It will be on display in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
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