Christ Receiving the Children  1655

by Sébastien Bourdon

In this illustration of an episode from the Gospel of Mark in the New Testament, Jesus (reclining at center) admonishes his disciples not to prevent little children from approaching him. Sébastien Bourdon’s figures wear draperies in the antique fashion, and the setting evokes both ancient Rome and the Christian Holy Land. [br] One of the most versatile and successful 17th...
39 1/2 × 53 1/4 in. (100.3 × 135.2 cm)
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago