The Holy Family with Saint John

The subject matter and the composition (which may have been cut down) are unusual.

John the Baptist points to the infant Christ, who holds an olive branch, symbolising peace, and, as Saviour of the World, a globe. They stand on a curved parapet enclosing the Virgin Mary, who appears to be sewing, although the paint is so rubbed that this is no longer clear. Saint Joseph stands behind, looking away.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1430/1 - 1506
Full title
The Holy Family with Saint John
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Glue on canvas
71.1 x 50.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Mond Bequest, 1924; entered the Collection in 1946
Inventory number
Location in Gallery