The Boy Jesus among the Doctors

Side panel of the ambo (pulpit) in the church of St. Raphael, Venice.

As in many images of this episode, Jesus is placed high in the center and points to Heaven, but this time he stands under a canopy as if in an ambo. The image thus aligns the gospel event with the preaching taking place from the actual ambo, leading the "old man" within the congregation to the new life announced by the boy.

Missing from the image are the books one usually finds in images of this type.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.