Holy Family, 1613


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The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  74.2

With intense realism, and not-so-subtle symbolism, the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph, and Jesus) is caught in a very intimate moment. The young parents are cuddling their child, who for a moment stops suckling and stares at the beholder, heedless of the dove the father is showing him, which alludes to the Holy Spirit. The figures’ grave expressions anticipate the tragedy to come. In particular, the towel picked by Mary prefigures the shroud that will wrap her son after his death on the cross.



Tristan, The Holy Family (#582)
Holy Family
Artist Life
Accession Number
Queen Maria Christina of Spain [1806' - d. 1878] by 1878. (Queen Maria Christina sale, Paris, France, April 16-22, 1879, lot 37). Contini-Bonacossi collection, Florence, Italy. (Stanley Moss and Co., Inc., New York, New York); purchased by MIA in 1974.
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