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French, 17th century
FOUR RELIEFS REPRESENTING THE YOUNG CHRIST PREACHING TO THE DOCTORS
with three old storage labels to the reverse of the mount
bronze and wood, on a painted wood mount
the Virgin and Saint Joseph: 65.5 by 48cm., 25 3/4  by 18 7/8 in.
seated man: 50cm., 19 3/4 in.
two doctors reading: 60.5 by 44cm., 23 3/4  by 17 1/4 in.
two doctors and an attendant: 61cm., 24in.
mount: 69 by 180.5cm., 27 1/8  by 71in.
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This set of bronze reliefs narrates the biblical story of Christ teaching in the house of the doctors. On the left we see Mary and Joseph enter hastily, their astonishment displayed through clenched hands and parted lips. A seated man looks up to where the figure of Christ, who was probably represented preaching on a podium, would have been. To the right are two groups of dignitaries. Two heavily cloaked men stand close, one holding a heavy stone tablet supported on his bent knee, the other stroking his beard in an accepted gesture of pensive repose. The group of three, positioned to the far right of the arrangement, looks on with great interest. The youngest man, in the background, cranes his neck for a better view of the Young Christ. The individuality of the figures is emphasised through much elaborated detail, making each character of a recognisable age and importance. The narrative and theatrical composition, and the care and quality with which these large reliefs were executed, suggests they were once mounted on a pulpit or altar front.

The linear narrative and the classical proportioning and drapery of the figures recall the paintings of Poussin and the facture of French relief sculpture in bronze. Comparisons include Henri Perlan and Francois Anguier's reliefs with the Borghese dancers and a Sacrifice divided between the Wallace Collection (inv. no. S155) and the Louvre (inv. no. MR 1709).

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