Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Presentation at the Temple (c. 1459)


Presentation at the Temple (c. 1459)
Giovanni Bellini ca. 1430 – 1516
tempera on panel (80 × 105 cm) — c. 1459
Luke 2:27 - And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Mary hands her child to Simeon, a pious and old temple visitor. It is an important moment for Simeon, who had been told in a prophecy that he would not die before having seen the promised Salvator. The moment has come.

The man at the center is Joseph. To the right are probably Bellini himself and, behind him, his brother-in-law Andrea Mantegna. To the left are Bellini's sister (Mantegna's wife) and their mother.

The panel shows a strong resemblance to Mantegna's Presentation, which he made a few years earlier.
This panel is higher than the central panel. That makes it likely that the central panel used to be higher.
>>>> Presentation in the Temple

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