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The Cleansing of the Temple  1714

by Giuseppe Passeri

As told in the Gospel of Matthew, during Passover, Christ drove out the sellers of sacrificial animals and the money exchangers from the Temple in Jerusalem. Passeri imagined the Temple as a lavish structure in the ancient, classical style. Despite the chaotic, multi-figure scene, narrative clarity is achieved through expressive gestures, while the chastising Christ at cen...
H: 38 3/4 x W: 52 3/16 in. (98.5 x 132.5 cm)
oil on canvas
Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum