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Pediatrics in Art
March 1933


Am J Dis Child. 1933;45(3):626. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01950160168021

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The circumcision of the Christ Child, which according to St. Luke took place on the eighth day, has been pictured many times. Simeon, of Nunc Dimittis fame, is figured holding the child. The details vary. In this reproduction of a painting by some unknown follower of M. Tucher, the artist has figured the Child held over a large pan, as if considerable hemorrhage was expected, while the mohel wields a very large knife such as is seen in most of the representations of the circumcision. While the circumcision took place on the eighth day and there have been hundreds of pictures of the infant Jesus, not one, so far as I have been able to discover, shows a circumcised child, with, of course, the exception of the ones showing the operation itself.

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