Christ disputing with the Doctors

At the age of twelve, Christ debated in the Temple of Jerusalem with senior scholars and priests and 'all that heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers' (New Testament, Luke 2: 41-8).

Mazzolino signifies that the building represents the Temple by including the relief of Moses above Christ's head and the Hebrew inscription. Much shell-gold is used in the painting of Christ.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1504; died 1528?
Full title
Christ disputing with the Doctors
Date made
probably about 1520-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
31.1 x 22.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1897
Inventory number
Location in Gallery