Child Lost in the Temple

Child Lost in the Temple 

Hilda van Stockum

Material: oil on canvas

Location: chapel, Phase one. 

Hilda van Stockum was a noted author, illustrator and painter, whose work has won the Newbery Honor and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award. 

Van Stockum was raised partly in Ireland, and also in Ymuiden, the seaport of Amsterdam, where her father was port commander. With no car and few companions, she recalled turning to writing out of boredom. She was also a talented artist. A penchant for art evidently ran in the family, which counted the van Goghs as distant relatives.She was the mother of Dr. Olga Marin, one of Strathmore Founders, who explains this painting “Her main challenge was to portray Jesus on the verge of teenage: no longer a child and not yet grown up. She thought a lot about that. She also thought about the anguish of Mary and the support of St. Joseph.”