Christ among Doctors

Christ among Doctors Painting by Albrecht Durer

Christ among Doctors by Albrecht Durer

Christ among Doctors by Albrecht Durer was produced in 1506 and is considered to be one of the famous artworks of Renaissance Art movement. The work can be viewed now at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.


Medium: Oil Painting 

Subject(s): love, spirituality


Christ among doctors is an oil painting produced in 1506 by German painter Albrecht Dürer.

The painting was executed, according to the inscription ‘Opus Quinque Dierum’ meaning ‘Made in five days’.

In the Christ among doctors, the index finger of Christ’s left hand was touching the right-hand thumb. The mood is ominous and sadly young Jesus debates a mob of arrogant and self-righteous scholars. The doctors are challenging them while thrusting their sacrosanct doctrines. The doctors have so cemented into a dogma that Jesus’s moral and ethical message was an affront to their hard-held authority. Citing with ‘gospel’ (their previous book was termed as gospel), they have completely ignored the message of Christ that one must live by the spirit rather than the letter of the law.

Christ among doctors tells about the Christ figure which seems to be hemmed in by jealous elders of the mob. Albrecht Dürer painted this in soft renaissance color, sense of frenzy, caricature contrasts of the beauty, the nightmarish quality, and innocence of youth with repulsive. The malevolent old age was shown stunning in black and white reproductions.

Christ among doctors is an oil painting that was made by Albrecht Dürer only in five days while he was working at the ‘Feast of the Rosary’ altarpiece. According to some sources, Christ among doctors could have been given to Giovanni Bellini, a painter. It was that Lorenzo Lotto saw it and it was he who used one of the figures in the painting for his Madonna with Child between Sts. Flavian and Onuphrius.

The work can be viewed at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.


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