Hamburg – Hamburger Kunsthalle (The Presentation of Christ in the Temple by Hans Holbein)

The theme of this painting is when Jesus Christ was taken to the Temple of Jerusalem for him to be inducted into Judaism. It was painted by Hans Holbein, the older one and not the younger one of Henry VIII fame, in 1500 or 1501 and is painted on a pine panel.

The Kunsthalle acquired the work in 1912 and it was originally part of the high altarpiece of the Dominican Monastery in Frankfurt. I’d be interested to know where this artwork has been for centuries, as the monastery came under municipal ownership by the nineteenth century and it was destroyed by bombing during the Second World War.