The Circumcision

after Hendrik Goltzius (Mulbrecht 1558 – Haarlem 1617)
National Trust Inventory Number 1257176

Category Paintings
Date 1607 (bears date)
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 1981 x 1346 mm (78 x 53 in)
Place of origin
Collection Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset (Accredited Museum)
On show at Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset, South West, National Trust

Christ was circumcised according the Jewish tradition, on the eighth day following the birth. Here, the High Priest holds the child and another prepares to perform the act. The is the moment when Christ’s blood was first shed and his father named him Jesus.

It has been copied from an engraving done in imitation of Dürer, but with Goltzius’s signature suppressed, and the date changed from 1594 to 1607.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, The Circumcision, after Hendrik Goltzius (Mulbrecht 1558 – Haarlem 1617), 1607. Copied from an engraving done in imitation of Dürer, but with Goltzius's signature suppressed, and the date changed from 1594 to 1607.

Provenance

first recorded in 1731; probably acquired by Henry Bankes the Elder (1698-1776) (as 18th century frame suggests) and ascribed by him to 'Old Franks'; bequeathed by Ralph Bankes 1981

Credit line

Kingston Lacy, The Bankes Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

after Hendrik Goltzius (Mulbrecht 1558 – Haarlem 1617), artist

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Collection Kingston Lacy Estate, Dorset (Accredited Museum) (14371)
Periods 17th century (32740)
Maker Hendrik Goltzius (Mulbrecht 1558 – Haarlem 1617) (4)
Subjects Religion (531)
Object Type Oil painting (11584)

Record Status

Enhanced

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