The Holy Family, c. 1632

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Rembrandt had a great gift for conveying intimacy with just a few etched lines. Here he places the Holy Family in a setting of comfortable domesticity—so comfortable, in fact, that Mary has kicked off her shoe while nursing. In this fashion, Rembrandt humanizes the sacred to make it more accessible.

The Holy Family
Artist Life
1606 - 1669
Accession Number
Ryksmuseum Dupl. (L. 699 and L. 2165).
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 95 os; B.62; Mz.193 os; Holl. 62 os; B-B.32-3
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