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Depiction of Christ in the Temple

1516, Artist: Baccio della Porta, gen. Fra Bartolomeo



Depiction of Christ in the Temple

Close-up and in monumental style, the group stands on a clearly and precisely structured stage. The strong and vivid colour combinations are in part interrupted by leonardian “sfumato”, the blurring of contours. The priest Simeon recognises the Redeemer of mankind in this child. As the inscription ORATE PRO PICTORE OLIM SACELLI HUIUS NOVITIO makes clear, the painter, himself a Dominican monk, asks for prayers to be said for him in front of this altarpiece created for his monastery, San Marco in Florence.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal III

Object data

Object Name



Italian, middle Italian





Poplar wood


155 cm × 159 cm
Framed: 190,5 cm × 195,4 cm × 10 cm


Inscribed on the lowest step: 1516 ORATE PRO PICTORE OLIM SACELLI HVIVS NOVITIO

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 207


1781 acquired by Grand Duke Leopoldo of Tuscany; 1792 by exchange from Florence to Vienna

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