The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus Teaching in the Temple

Ludovico Mazzolino1524

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Christ is arguing with the Scribes and Pharisees. Mary and Joseph are approaching from the right, and from the left comes the donor Francesco Caprara in devout attitude. There are people listening on the loggia of the temple in the background. This is decorated on the parapet with monochrome relief scenes inspired by ancient sarcophaguses: on the left they show Judith with the head of Holofernes and the Jews' struggle against the Assyrians, and on the right Goliath struck by the stone from David's sling and the battle against the Philistines. On the rear wall of the temple are two gold reliefs: on the left, Moses with the tablets of the law, and on the right, prophesying the victory of the Jews. The painter worked mainly in Ferrara, but created this altar picture for the Chapel of Francesco Caprara in San Francesco in Bologna.


  • Title: The Twelve-Year-Old Jesus Teaching in the Temple
  • Creator: Lodovico Mazzolino
  • Date Created: 1524
  • Physical Dimensions: w182.5 x h256.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Medium: Oil on poplar wood
  • Style: Italian
  • Copyright Text: Text: © http://www.prestel.com, Prestel Verlag / Kathrin Höltge // Photo: © http://www.bpk-images.de, b p k - Photo Agency / Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Collection: Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
  • Artist information: Ludovico Mazzolino was an Italian Renaissance painter who worked mainly in Ferrara and Bologna. He is thought to have studied under masters like Lorenzo Costa and was influenced by Ercole Roberti. He created most of his works in commission for Ercole d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Mazzolino was inspired by Boccachino and his style was characterized by a light primitivism. He is famous for such paintings as 'The Holy Family with Saint Francis' (1509) and 'Christ Disputing with the Doctors' (1520-25).
  • Artist Place of Death: probably Ferrara, Italy
  • Artist Place of Birth: Ferrara, Italy
  • Artist Gender: male
  • Artist Dates: 1480/1528

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