The Circumcision

The New Testament relates how after his birth, Jesus was circumcised according to Jewish tradition (Luke 2: 21).

The black background seems to be original. Paintings of this subject were highly popular in Venice in the late 15th and early 16th century; this composition was extremely popular and was much copied and adapted.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1435 - 1516
Full title
The Circumcision
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil on wood
74.9 x 102.2 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Earl of Carlisle, 1895
Inventory number
Location in Gallery