The Purification of the Temple

This late work is known in several other versions. The story is taken from the New Testament (Matthew 21: 12-13), when Jesus 'cast out all them that sold and bought... overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold the doves' in the Temple in Jerusalem, invoking divine authority for doing so. In the distance can be seen the indignant Chief Priests and Scribes, and also the blind and lame whom Christ healed.

Key facts

Artist dates
active about 1535; died 1592
Full title
The Purification of the Temple
Date made
probably about 1580
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
160.5 x 267.5 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Philip L. Hinds, 1853
Inventory number
Location in Gallery