Christ among the Doctors

Artist: Spanish (Catalan) Painter (early 15th century)

Medium: Tempera and gold on wood

Dimensions: 44 x 30 in. (111.8 x 76.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931

Accession Number: 32.100.123


The Christian Gospel of Luke (2:42–51) recounts Jesus' parents' anxious search for their adolescent son, who goes missing after Passover. After three days, they find him among the learned older men in the Temple. In this Spanish painting, recent scholarship has shown that the Temple is portrayed as a contemporary Jewish synagogue, fitted with hanging glass lamps and a teivah, or raised reader's desk, which Jesus climbs.