Christ among Doctors

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

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

In the Christ among doctors, the index finger of Christ 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 were so cemented into 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.

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

ArtistAlbrecht Durer
LocationMuseo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain.
Mediumoil on poplar panel

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