Saturday, June 3, 2017


Seven Sorrows: The Circumcision (1495-1496) The Circumcision (1661)


Just like other Jewish boys, Mary's child underwent circumcision eight days after his birth. At the same time, he was given his name: Jesus.

The gospel of Luke mentions neither the location nor the person that performed the act. In art, the episode is usually set in a temple, with a priest holding the knife.

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