Overall: 26 1/2 x 19 x 11 1/2 in. (67.3 x 48.3 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916
Not on view
The twelve-year-old Christ is baffling the elders of the temple with his knowledge. The lions atop each of the five balusters are a reference to the lions on the throne of Solomon, foreshadowing Christ’s wisdom.
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris); J. Pierpont Morgan, London and New York
Collections Georges Hoentschel: Volume 1, Moyen Age et Renaissance. Paris: Librairie Centrale des Beaux-Arts, 1908. p. 15, pl. XXII.
Burn, Barbara, ed. The Life of Christ: Images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1989. ill. p. 25.