Jacob Jordaens (1593-1678), Christ Blessing Little Children. "Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me", 1660-69
Wide stone stairs lead up to an open loggia where Christ is seated amongst his disciples. He extends his right hand to a gathering of women and little children. Even though the crowd has been placed in the foreground, where the greatest amount of light falls, and their clothes are painted in bright colours, there can be no doubt that Christ and his message is the focal point of this narrative. Everyone’s attention is directed towards him, and the architecture frames his person.
The narrative comes from Mark:
"People were bringing little children to him, for him to touch them. The disciples scolded them, but when Jesus saw this he was indignant and said to them, 'Let the little children come to me … for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. … anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.'" (Mark 10:13-16)