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The Presentation in the Temple

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Charles Poërson, The Presentation in the Temple, 1652/1657, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd, public domain, 84.52.1

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Title

The Presentation in the Temple

Artist

Charles Poërson (French, 1609-1667)

Date

1652/1657

Medium

oil on canvas

Dimensions (H x W x D)

20 3/8 in x 25 in

Collection Area

European Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

French

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Binney, 3rd

Accession Number

84.52.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

canvas

Christ-child

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

Virgin Mary

Location

Belluschi Building

Ayer Wing

2nd Floor

Laura and Roger Meier Family Gallery

Description

The Presentation in the Temple is a preliminary painting and was commissioned in 1638 from Poërson as one of a series of fourteen tapestries illustrating scenes from the Life of the Virgin, for the decoration of the chancel of the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. The scene depicts the Virgin kneeling beside St. Joseph, who carries a basket of doves to be offered in sacrifice. Simeon, a holy man promised sight of the Messiah before dying, holds the Christ child.

This work was formerly attributed to Eustache Le Sueur (1616-1655). Both Poërson and Le Sueur worked with the leading artist of the day in Paris, Simon Vouet (1590-1649). Poërson’s personal interpretation of Vouet's dynamic style of animated figures in twisting poses can be seen in his more grounded, heavier body type.

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