The Presentation in the Temple

Artist: Byzantine Painter (15th century)

Medium: Tempera on wood, gold ground

Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 16 5/8 in. (44.5 x 42.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Lillie P. Bliss, 1931

Accession Number: 31.67.8


The Hypapante is one of the Great Feasts of the Orthodox church. According to the Gospel of Luke (2:22–38), when Joseph (far left) and the Virgin (center) presented Christ in the temple for the rite of purification forty days after his birth, his divinity was immediately recognized by Simeon (right) and the prophetess Anna (left).