The Presentation of Christ in the Temple

Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) Italian

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As recounted in the gospel of Luke (2:22–40), forty days after giving birth, Mary took the baby Jesus to the temple, where the aged Anna and Simeon prophesied his destiny. Giovanni di Paolo based the design of this picture on a work by Gentile da Fabriano that he saw in Florence, but he translated the naturalism of Gentile's art into his own intensely expressive style. The scene belongs to a series that formed the base (predella) of an altarpiece dating to the mid-1430s. One of the main panels of that altarpiece also belongs to The Met (88.3.111). For more information about this painting, including a reconstruction of the altarpiece, visit

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giovanni di Paolo (Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia) (Italian, Siena 1398–1482 Siena), Tempera and gold on wood

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