Juan de Valdes Leal (hwahn tha VAHL days LAY ahl) lived in Spain. He painted religious paintings and portraits.
The setting for the painting is the story of Jesus as a twelve-year-old boy. The scene is inside the beautiful temple in Jerusalem. Jesus is talking with the teachers there.
The artist highlights Jesus by painting his clothing in a bright color.
Do you think they are amazed at the knowledge of this young man?
Mary and Joseph have been looking for him for three days. Can you find them in the painting?
Read the story in the book of Luke, chapter 2, verses 41-52.
This story about the child Jesus can be found in the Bible in Matthew chapters 1 and 2 and Luke chapter 2.
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Biography of Juan de Valdes Leal
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Graphic, "Jesus Disputing With the Elders, by Juan de Valdes Leal, 1622-1690,
courtesy of CGFA Virtual Art Museum