Mark 10:13 – 16
13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
“In this painting, Jesus’ disciples seek to prevent the young from approaching the Savior. But their efforts are met with the Savior’s response, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Here one young child slips unnoticed behind the Apostle. The Savior gently holds the hand of a young boy and embraces another child. The children’s faces express a look of complete trust and contentment. As in many of Bloch’s paintings, a wide diversity of people is present-young and old, healthy and infirm, the believers and the merely curious. Above the Savior’s head is a richly woven fabric with long tassels. From the fifteenth century on, this “cloth of honor” appeared in artistic representations of important and powerful figures. It was most often hung in a long panel behind the person to represent his nobility or high rank. In this image, the cloth has been lifted up, perhaps as a sign of Christ’s openness as well as His nobility.” Excerpt from The Master’s Hand: The Art of Carl Heinrich Bloch