The CircumcisionChrist was eight days old when he was circumcised and named as Jesus (Luke 2: 21). Although the description in the gospel does not specify the place, the event is usually depicted in the Temple. Painters generally illustrate Mary, Joseph, a priest and other attendants and acolytes in such scenes.
The shedding of Christ's blood in this manner is sometimes taken to prefigure his later sacrifice on the cross.
The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN