Simeon and the Child Jesus

Probably 16th century or later
Franciscan Monastery, Zadar, Croatia

The statue represents Simeon's embrace of Jesus when the child was taken to the Temple (Luke 2:25-32). It could once have been part of a Presentation in the Temple group, but now it stands by itself in a group of four statues of different subjects in the same medium and style.

Presentation images with a fully naked child are seen occasionally in the 15th century and become common in the 16th.

More of the Presentation in the Temple

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