Rare Simeon and the Child Jesus Framed Lithograph / Italy / Belgian / Catholic / Jesus Christ / Infant Jesus / Saint Luke / Jerusalem / Icon

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"Simeon with Child Jesus"

Beautifully aged lithograph of Simeon with child Jesus in an antique frame. The frame appears to have been re-matted as the paper + hanging wire on the back seems new. Along with the new backing, a modern print of the Luke 2:25-32 bible verse has been attached.

The lithograph has small pieces missing at the bottom, as expected with a print this old, and a faint signature on the left seems to read, "Lloyd Allen 1919."

There is some warping in the paper and various cracks and pinholes, however there doesn't appear to be any major staining and the details of the artwork are completely intact.

This depiction of Simeon and Jesus is rare in its form, making it a treasured collectible.


Simeon at the Temple is the "just and devout" man of Jerusalem who, according to Luke 2:25–35, met Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as they entered the Temple to fulfill the requirements of the Law of Moses on the 40th day from Jesus' birth, i. e. the presentation of Jesus at the Temple.

According to the Biblical account, the Holy Spirit visited Simeon and revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Christ of God. Upon taking Jesus into his arms, he uttered a prayer which is still used liturgically as the Latin Nunc dimittis in the Catholic Church and other Christian churches, and gave a prophecy alluding to the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Some Christian traditions commemorate this meeting on 2 February as the feast of Candlemas, or, more formally, the Presentation of the Lord, the Meeting of the Lord, or the Purification of the Virgin (Mary). His prophecy is involved in the devotion to Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows. Simeon is venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. His feast is 3 February in the revised Roman Martyrology of the Catholic Church and on 16 February in the Serbian Orthodox Church.


12 1/2 x 6 x 1/2

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