CELESTI, Andrea
(b. 1637, Venezia, d. 1712, Venezia)

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

c. 1710
Oil on canvas, 314 x 261 cm
San Zaccaria, Venice

The knife offered to the priest is a clear reference to the circumcision, which confirms in blood the passage from the Old Covenant to the New, foreshadowing the moment of the Passion.