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Christ in the House of His Parents ('The Carpenter's Shop')

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This is Millais's first important religious subject, showing a scene from the boyhood of Christ. When it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1850 it was given no title, but accompanied by a biblical quotation: 'And one shall say unto him, What are those wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.' (Zech. 13:6) Christian symbolism figures prominently in the picture.

Tate Britain

London


Date

1849-50

Medium

Oil on canvas

Measurements

H 86.4 x W 139.7 cm

Accession number

N03584

Acquisition method

Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund and various subscribers 1921

Work type

Painting

Inscription description

date inscribed


Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London SW1P 4RG England

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