Children's presentation of Jesus to the temple
Oil on the canvas and its original frame (74 cm by 60 cm);
Important gilt frame (93 cm by 80 cm)
Jean RESTOUT (1692-1768)
It was not until 1970 and the major exhibition organized by the Museum of Rouen for the personality of Jean Restout found the place it deserves in the history of French painting of the eighteenth century. Here indeed an artist who, in a century that one deems too easily occupied frivolities, has devoted his entire career to the great painting, religious and mythological subjects.
Born in Rouen, Restout happens to be the nephew of Jean Jouvenet. The lessons he received from his uncle remain sensitive throughout his life.
Academician in 1720, he was successively a teacher, principal and finally chancellor of the Academy (1761). So brilliant career, and that owes nothing to fashion: the gallant subjects are rare in Restout, and much more frequent portraits; However, he could make charming as that of his son Jean-Bernard (1736, Museum of Stockholm). Imbued with the dignity that includes the trade of painter and painter of history, Restout appears as the one who continues in full time of Louis XV, the traditions of the Grand Siècle.
The biblical account:
Candlemas is the popular name of the Feast of Light: Jesus was presented in the Temple of Jerusalem by Joseph and Mary forty days after his birth, according to the Law of Moses. Mary his mother submitted to the purification ritual prescribed for mothers partum. Simeon, moved by the Spirit and becoming a prophet, came to meet the child Jesus, took him in his arms, proclaiming light to lighten the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Anne, a prophetess widow, recognized him as the liberator of Jerusalem. Meanwhile, in the prediction of Simeon to Mary, the joy of the birth of Jesus the savior, already casts the shadow of the Cross: "Your child will be a sign of contradiction. Yourself a sword will pierce your soul and will be revealed the secret thoughts of many hearts. (Luke 2. 22-38).
The presentation of the child Jesus by John Restout (1759). Eglise Saint-Roch in Paris
non-exhaustive list of works Restout in many museums including the Louvre and other still hung on the walls of cathedrals in France:
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11 000 €