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Child embracing the Cross
Author: Unknown
Origin: Unknown
Dating: 18th century
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 91,9 x 71,2
Inv. no.: PNA66692 / PD0726dep

This theme is often represented in the Christian iconography depicting both Christ’s childhood as well as His death.

The serene beauty of the Child Jesus – wearing a white garment as symbol of purity – who seems to look us directly into the eyes, contrasts with the cross He embraces and the nails scattered all over the floor – foreseeing His destiny.

This aura also reminds us of the finiteness of life and that Christ came to the world – symbolized by a sphere at the base of the Cross – to redeem our sins. They are represented with the apple – that symbolizes original sin – and with the serpent coiled around the “world” – illustrating temptation and sin.

Objeto museológico (PDB)