Horum est Regnum Coelorum [Such is the Kingdom of Heaven]
8 x 6 3/4 in. (20.3 x 17.1 cm)
Johann Heinrich Lips,
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This engraving is a detail of an earlier version [see 05-G-3313(4)] commissioned by Swiss physiognomist, J.C. Lavater, after a painting gifted to him by the artist Benjamin West. This engraving appeared in a later French edition of Lavater's book, Physiognomische Fragmente. The subject is from Matthew (19:14): "Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of Heaven."
The original painting, signed and dated 1775, was the earliest of several versions by West of related compositions depicting Christ showing a child as the emblem of Heaven. The painting was in collection of La Salle University Art Museum from 1973-2018.