Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple

Object Details

Title:

Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple

Artist/Maker(s):

Jacopo Bassano (Italian, about 1510 or 1515 - 1592)

Culture:

Italian

Place(s):

Italy (Place created)

Date:

about 1570

Medium:

Black and colored chalk on blue paper

Dimensions:

43.6 x 54.3 cm (17 3/16 x 21 3/8 in.)

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Embracing the celebrated Venetian love of color, Jacopo Bassano made only six large compositional studies in colored chalk. Here he combined blue paper, widely used by Venetian draftsmen, with natural black chalk and colored fabricated chalks, including blue, mauve, red, yellow, and peach. Thoughtful consideration of color was integral to his preparation for painting. Bassano used color, not line, to articulate space. The flesh and peach tones in the reclining males at left project outward, Christ's mauve robe draws the eye into space, and the central figure's red costume provides a focal point in the middle ground.

Bassano illustrated an important episode from the New Testament, in which Jesus showed his authority in the Temple of Jerusalem, saying, "Is it not written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a den of robbers" (Mark 11:17). After Jesus threw the money changers out of the temple, the chief priests and scribes "kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching."

Exhibitions
Jacopo Bassano c. 1510 - 1592 (September 5, 1992 to April 25, 1993) (Kimbell Art Museum only)
  • Museo, Biblioteca e Archivio (Museo Civico), September 5 to December 6, 1992
  • Kimbell Art Museum, (Fort Worth), January 23 to April 25, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (May 24 to August 8, 1993) (7)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York), May 24 to August 8, 1993
Drawings from the J. Paul Getty Museum (October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994) (4)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), October 29, 1993 to January 23, 1994
Color in Drawing (March 10 to May 24, 1998) (4)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 10 to May 24, 1998
A North Italian Itinerary: Renaissance Drawings from Leonardo to Titian (December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006) (4)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), December 6, 2005 to February 26, 2006