Gerrit van Honthorst

Childhood of Christ

Childhood of Christ
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Author: Gerrit van Honthorst
Painting, Oil on canvas, 137x185 cm
Origin: Holland, Circa 1620

Gerrit van Honthorst was one of the leading Utrecht followers of Caravaggio. The influence of the great Italian master is clear in the down-to-earth nature of the scene, in the half-figures shown close to, and in the powerful contrasts of light and shade.

Honthorst spent some years in his youth in Italy where, for his love of the use of artificial light sources, he was known as Gerardo della Notte. The illumination creates a mood of romantic mystery.

The subject of this canvas is thought to be an apocryphal story from the childhood of Christ: Christ enters the workshop of Joseph, a carpenter, and simply by his appearance mysteriously corrects all the faults in Joseph's work.

Personage: Christ
Source of entry: 1925
Theme: The Bible and Christianity
Exibition: Dutch art: 17th century

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