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The Infant Christ Bearing the Instruments of the Passion

Carrying the instruments of the Passion, the Christ Child begins a symbolic journey towards his crucifixion. Based on a widely circulated print by Flemish artist Hieronymus Wierix (1553-1619), this painting represents the belief that Christ was destined for the cross from birth. Dressed in decorative blue and red robes, the Christ Child carries the cross, the crown of thorns, the lance that pierced his side, and the sponge used to offer him vinegar. The Christ Child also carries a basket, draped with white cloth and revealing the dice used to gamble over Christ’s garments. A flower-strewn floor and dark backdrop create a more approachable representation intended as a gentle introduction to the Passion, perhaps for a child or nun. 

Currently on display

Possibly Mexican School, after Hieronymous Wierix
First half of the 17th Century
Gallery 1
14.9 x 11.1 cm
Oil on copper
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
Adopted by Maria Warburg Mills, 2001