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Simeon holds the Christ child, who is holding an apple. Mezzotint by H. Dawe after G. Reni.

  • Reni, Guido, 1575-1642.
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The apple signifies Christ's role as redeemer from original sin

Bible. N.T. Luke 2.25-29. In Luke 2.25-35, Simeon is described as an old, devout man "waiting for the consolation of Israel" (in later iconographic tradition he is identified with the high priest of the Temple) who is told by the Holy Spirit that he will see the saviour before he dies. In this scene he looks upon the infant herald of Christianity and utters 'Nunc dimittis'; now he can die. Death and birth and the relations of Christianity to Judaism resonate in this scene

Physical description

1 print : mezzotint ; image 14.5 x 12.2 cm

Lettering

St. Simeon and the child. Guido Rheni pinxt. H. Dawe sculpt.

Lettering note

Bears number: no. 126

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 22180i

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