ANDRÉ DURAND Twenty-First Century Paintings

SAINT SIMEON NUNC DIMITTIS by André Durand (2001) (Jesus, baby, temple, Saint Simeon, turtle, dove)



Dimensions: 56 X 56

Oil on linen

private collection


“_Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace: Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuum Quod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum: Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel_"; and the English1582 (Douay-Rheims) “_Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation, Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel_”.

Upon bringing Jesus into the temple, they encountered Simeon the Righteous . The Gospel records that Simeon had been promised that “he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Luke 2:26. Simeon prayed the prayer that would become known as the Nunc Dimittis, or Canticle of Simeon, which prophesied the redemption of the world by Jesus: Now you are releasing your servant, Master, according to your word, in peace; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared before the face of all peoples; a light for revelation to the nations, and the glory of your people Israel (Luke 2:29-32).