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Christ and the Lamb

A work made of gilded wood and mirror.

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  • A work made of gilded wood and mirror.




Jeff Koons
American, born 1955

About this artwork

Having turned to art after a brief stint as a Wall Street commodities trader, Jeff Koons creates beautifully crafted and often controversial sculptures. An elaborate, Rococostyle mirror, Christ and the Lambis also a visual puzzle: its frame shapes the mirror surface into the figure of the infant Jesus playing with a lamb, taken from Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (1508; Musée du Louvre, Paris). Viewers thus see their own image superimposed on the body of the Christ Child. Koons has said, “Anything that reflects has a kind of spiritual transcendence because it involves the viewer. It acknowledges your presence. Every time you move, the reflection changes; it always acknowledges you.”


On View, Gallery 292


Contemporary Art


Jeff Koons


Christ and the Lamb


United States (Object made in)

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Gilded wood and mirror


1 of 3, plus 1 artist's proof


200.7 × 139.7 × 17.8 cm (79 × 55 × 7 in.)

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Gift of Edlis Neeson Collection

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