The subject, often referred to as the Purification of the Temple, is that of Christ driving the money-changers and traders out of the Temple in Jerusalem. (Matthew 21: 12ff).

The dramatic treatment and subtle colouring are typical of the artist, who worked in Naples. The painting dates from around 1640. Probably a mature work, though in poor condition; a date of around 1645-50 has been suggested.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1616 - 1656?
Full title
Christ driving the Traders from the Temple
Date made
about 1645-50
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
101 x 127.6 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Count Alessandro Contini-Bonacossi, 1935
Inventory number
NG4778
Location in Gallery