Simeon in the Temple
  • TitleSimeon in the Temple
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 98,5 x 79,5 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 122 x 103 x 10 cm
  • DatingMade c. 1669
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Dutch, born 1606, dead 1669
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Inventory No.NM 4567
  • AcquisitionGift 1949 Mr Nils B. Hersloff
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1621 17th century
  • Description
    Images and media

    According to Luke, the pious Simeon had been promised by God not to die until he saw the Saviour. When the infant Jesus was presented in the temple in Jerusalem, the old man recognized the Saviour and thanked God. Rembrandt creates an intimate and emotional scene with a few figures surrounded by darkness. With semi-closed eyes, the fragile old man holds the child in his arms. The painting was Rembrandt’s last; it was left unfinished at his death.