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Joseph the Worker Friday 1st May

'Christ in the House of his Parents'
John Everett Millais 1849-50
Tate Britain

Joseph the Worker, is shown working in his carpenter's workshop, making a door and helped by the family, but there are other things also going on.  There is a nail sticking up in the door which the young Christ has just cut himself on - a reference to his Crucifixion. There are other symbols in this painting as well:  a very young John the Baptist on the right carrying a bowl reminds of us of his future role as the Baptist.  There is a reference to Jacob's Ladder, the Holy Spirit and the Trinity on the back wall and what of the sheep in the field?
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