Christ Among The Doctors by Dirck van Baburen was created in 1622: The painting is in National Museum of Art Norway, Oslo. The size of the work is 189 x 210,5 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.
The scene of the Finding in the Temple, where a twelve-year-old Jesus amazes the temple elders with his biblical knowledge, was a familiar motif already in early Christian art. The story in the Gospel of Luke relates how Jesus became separated from his parents after their Passover visit to Nazareth, and how it was not until three days later that they found their son in the temple deep in discussion with the elders. The scene became popular once again in seventeenth-century art, and many painters, especially in Southern Europe, were attracted to the theme and its theatrical possibilities for drama and contrast.
About the Artist: Dutch Baroque painter Dirck van Baburen was born in Wijk bij Duurstede in 1595. His father was a Jasper van, Utrecht council. In 1611, he started taking painting lessons from Paulus Moreelse, a painter of portraits and historical subjects. Probably in later years he became an apprentice of the painter. In 1612 he went to Rome and was influenced by Caravaggio’s dramatic shadowing and the use of light… Read more