The Finding in the Temple

One of twelve paintings in the “What We Believe” Ascension Press series. Prints are available through Ascension here!

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Description

Mary and Joseph finally, after three long days of searching, find Jesus in the Temple. They’re overjoyed but also just relieved and confused as to why God would hide Himself from them.

This is one of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.

As part of the program I worked closely with the team to come up with each composition, and for this one we fell in love with Philippe de Champaigne’s depiction of the Finding in the Temple as the perfect depiction of the search for Jesus, going out to meet God, God coming to meet us.

The figures were kept, the faces changed, and the background simplified to be unified with the other 12 paintings.

Jesus, barely a teenager, stands on the steps of the temple, holding a scroll of the Law in His hand. He is the Word made Flesh. He descends the step, coming towards his parents, bringing them the first public inkling of the Gospel. He is in His Father’s house. He raises his hand to Heaven, gesturing casually in unspoken question as to why they would have looked for him elsewhere. 

Had Mary and Joseph not returned for Him, it’s believed He would have started His public ministry at this moment, young though He was. Just as He would after the Wedding Feast of Cana, He had begun preaching at the Synagogues, first with questions. All who heard were astounded at his understanding and answers.

But Mary and Joseph return to bring Him back home, worry and relief plain on their faces and bodies. They have searched for three days for God, unable to find Him anywhere. But now they find Him where He would be; in His Father’s house. 

Also, if you’re wondering why Mary is wearing opposite colors it’s because the writer is a Byzantine Catholic and we brought in some of the beautiful roots of Byzantine iconography into several of these prints.

In Byzantine iconography, Mary wears blue and is clothed in red because her humanity (red) covered the divinity (blue) of Jesus in her womb. While Jesus wears red and is clothed in blue because his humanity is clothed in his Divinity.

In Western art, Mary wears red for her humanity that is clothed in the blue divine graces she has received as being the Mother of God. But interestingly, in Western art, Jesus wears the same colors as iconography – if He and Mary appear together, she has a more pink than red dress. 

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
Size

8"x8", 12"x12", 16"x16"

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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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Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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