The circumcision of Christ by a bald mohel. Etching by F.G. Aliamet, 1765, after G. Reni.
- Reni, Guido, 1575-1642.
- 1 May 1765
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The circumcision scene has a wide reaching symbolic resonance: it shows the first shedding of the blood of Christ, hence the beginning of the Passion; it is the moment Christ is named; furthermore it displays the Judaism through which Christianity must pass
Bible. N.T. Luke 2.21. To the right a woman holds a basket with one turtledove, a sacrifice for the occasion of presentation at the Temple. The mohel is bald