Joseph the Worker Friday 1st May
John Everett Millais 1849-50
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?