Composition in black tones, ochre, earthy, yellow, green, red and white. Contour lines, straight, winding. Shaded obtained by grisados. Predominance of black lines with some touches of color. Religious It depicts representation, seeing is young Jesus Christ, six old men, Our Lady and St. Joseph. The composition forms a diagonal line from the left to the right, toward the bottom. Jesus Christ is on the right of center, seated in profile to the left and with arms outstretched toward the doctors, as if addressing these. Christ has halo around his head, wears long tunic and pants sandals. The six doctors are distributed to the left of the composition, sitting close to each other, have long mustaches and beards, wearing long robes and have their faces turned to the figure of Christ. Only one of the doctors have the face to the left. Another has a book open on her thighs. To the right of the composition, behind Christ, representation of Our Lady and St. Joseph standing and slightly turned to the left. Our Lady and St. Joseph have halo and wear long robes. Background with lines in yellow tones, ochre and earthy.


  • Title: Jesus Among the Doctors
  • Date: 1957
  • Location Created: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w31.5 x h26.5cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:religious scenes:Jesus among the Doctors, religious:Jesus:Boy, religious:Our Lady, religious:Saints:Saint Joseph, human figure:child:boy, human figure:group:men, human figure:woman
  • Technique: lead pencil , colored pencil
  • Signature: Signed and dated at bottom right "Portinari 57"
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 1800
  • Inscription: At bottom left edge, inscription by Maria Portinari "JESUS ENTRE OS DOUTORES”.
  • Function: Study for the mosaic mural “Jesus Among the Doctors”; not executed
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-4113

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