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Christ Receiving the Children

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

about 1655

Artist:

Sébastien Bourdon
French, 1616-1671

About this artwork

In this illustration of an episode from the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament, Jesus (reclining at center) admonishes his disciples not to prevent little children from approaching him. Sébastien Bourdon’s figures wear draperies in the antique fashion, and the setting evokes both ancient Rome and the Christian Holy Land.

One of the most versatile and successful 17th-century French painters, Bourdon emulated the rigorous classical style of Nicolas Poussin. Bourdon knew Poussin’s work (such as the painting on view in this gallery) from his early years in Rome. Following Poussin’s compositional principles, Bourdon organized this scene as a series of parallel, stage-like registers, resulting in a calm, geometric order.

Status

On View, Gallery 209

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Sébastien Bourdon

Title

Christ Receiving the Children

Origin

France

Date

1650–1660

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

39 1/2 × 53 1/4 in. (100.3 × 135.2 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Eugene A. Davidson

Reference Number

1959.57

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