Jesus Among the Doctors

Unknownabout 1400 - 1410

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

They found him in the temple, sitting among the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all who heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. (Luke 2:46-47)

To the left, a tremendously precocious Jesus disputes with the elders of the temple. He is presented here in the guise of a medieval teacher, seated on a raised podium before his "pupils." To the right, we see Jesus appearing as the pupil himself. He holds in his hand a wax tablet, the medieval version of the notebooks in which today's schoolchildren practice their grammar and arithmetic tables.


  • Title: Jesus Among the Doctors
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: about 1400 - 1410
  • Location Created: Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: Leaf: 33.5 x 23.5 cm (13 3/16 x 9 1/4 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Tempera colors, gold, silver paint, and ink on parchment
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Ms. 33, fol. 261
  • Object Type: Folio
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: Ms. 33, fol. 261
  • Department: Manuscripts
  • Culture and Date: German, about 1400 - 1410
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Manuscripts

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