Carl Heinrich Bloch
“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” – Mark 10: 13 – 16
This motif of Christ blessing the children was especially popular among the Protestant painters of northern Europe beginning in the sixteenth century. In this painting, Jesus’ disciples seek to prevent the young from approaching the Savior. But their efforts are met with the Savior’s response, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Here one young child slips unnoticed behind the Apostle. The Savior gently holds the hand of a young boy and embraces another child. The children’s faces express a look of complete trust and contentment.