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The Infant Christ with the Instruments of the Passion

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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The Infant Christ with the instruments of the Passion was a popular subject in the Counter-Reformation, with Christ most commonly shown either sleeping, or in prayer; this painting is unusual in showing the attitude of Christ in Judgement. A replica on panel was in the Northbrook collection. A plausible attribution has been suggested to Innocenzo Tacconi (1575–after 1625).

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



The Infant Christ with the Instruments of the Passion


c. 1610


oil on copper


H 23 x W 17.9 cm

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Acquisition method

Hindley Smith Bequest, 1939

Work type


The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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