Christ Among the Doctors
Genre: Oil on wood
- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: Dec-30-1996
- Last revised: Nov-17-2009
The index finger of his left hand touching the thumb of his right, the young Jesus sadly debates a mob of arrogant, self-righteous scholars. The mood is ominous. The doctors are challenging him, thrusting their sacrosanct doctrines at the fresh pure voice of the youth. They are so cemented into dogma that Jesus's moral and ethical message is an affront to their hard-held authority. Citing their previous books as "gospel," they have completely ignored his message--that one must live by the spirit, rather than the letter of the law.
Dated 1506; painted on poplar wood. The artist's note, "1506 opus qui[n]que dierum" [the product of five days] serves as a bookmark in the painting.
P. Strieder, Albrecht Dürer Paintings, Prints, Drawings (Abaris, New York, 1981)