|The Boy Jesus in the
Images of this type render the story in Luke 2:41-52 (cached). At age 12, Jesus is brought to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration by his parents. As parents are leaving the city, they realize that Jesus is with neither of them. After a worried search, they find him in the Temple discoursing with the teachers there. He tells Mary and Joseph that he has been about his "father's business."
At left, Giotto's rendering of the episode in the Arena Chapel frescoes.
17th century Ferrarese painting
Sculpture in the Sagrada Familia