OIL PAINTING: Christ among the Doctors, 1506
At the same time as the Feast of the Rose Garlands, Durer was working on the painting of Christ among the Doctors. The theme derives from the Gospel of St Luke (Luke 2, 41-52).
On the bookmark at the bottom left of the panel, Durer has recorded that this picture was `the work of five days', a pointed reference to his inscription on The Altarpiece of the Rose Garlands, the work of five months. Christ among the Doctors is not only a smaller panel, but the brushwork is much more spontaneous and the paint is applied with broad and fluid strokes. Despite Durer's statement about five days, he based it on a number of careful studies, including one of Christ's gesticulating fingers.