About the Image:
In the Bible, there is a story about Jesus as a child, where he is seen debating with the doctors (Luke 2:41-51). This image depicts that scene, using perspective to create a visually stunning piece of art. The temple's four pillars are prominently displayed in the foreground, while behind them stand Jewish scholars on either side of Jesus. The Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph are also present, with Mary wearing blue robes and a white veil and Joseph in red. Jesus stands at the center of the image, dressed in navy blue robes with gold accents and sporting short, curly blonde hair. On the left, three scholars engage in deep discussion, while on the right, four scholars with two holding bibles also participate. The colors used are mainly vibrant blue and red, with the temple itself featuring earth tones.
About the Artist
Bernard van Orley is a name of a person, specifically a Flemish Renaissance painter and tapestry designer who lived from around 1488 to 1541. He was known for his religious and mythological paintings, as well as his designs for tapestries that were commissioned by wealthy patrons. The term "Flemish" refers to people or things from Flanders, which is a region in northern Europe that includes parts of present-day Belgium, France, and the Netherlands. The Renaissance was a period of European history that spanned from the 14th to the 17th century and was characterized by a renewed interest in classical art, literature, and learning.