St. Joseph, First Teacher of the Law – private comission

St. Joseph was the first one to teach the Child Jesus the Law of God and how He had protected His Chosen People.


Joseph lifts up the child Jesus like any father and excitedly teaches Him all about the Law that he loves so dearly, regardless if his son is particularly old enough to understand yet. Jesus looks attentively to the Law, learning devotion and love of His Heavenly Father from his earthly father.

In the mystery of the God-Man, Jesus is fully God and fully Man. Fully God from the moment of His conception, understanding all things through the fullness of the Godhead. But as FULLY Man, He also had to learn all things as any man learns. This is the mystery of both being true at once.

Ancient tradition, particularly in iconography, depicts the Child Jesus as a little fully-developed man to show this Divinity which is His nature from the start. So too in this piece, I added a regality and poise far surpassing the toddler body.

But with resting His hand on Joseph, He fully accepts and loves being taught by his foster father.

Joseph wears a simple white, in symbolism of his poverty and his purity, and green, in symbolism of his fidelity to God. The Torah* (with “Torah written on it in Hebrew) is bright red as the prophecies of the Messiah will be fulfilled in the Cross, mirroring the cross that always adorns Jesus’ halo.


Painted as a comission the client wanted a gift for her friend who was converting at Easter. The friend had a huge devotion to St. Joseph particularly in him being the first teacher of the Law to Jesus and in him leading us to Mary. Because both would have been too complicated for the small size of the painting, I added the blue background as Joseph leading up to Mary.


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For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

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