The infant Christ is shown greeting his cousin, John the Baptist, who comes bearing a goldfinch, an emblem of Christ's suffering and death. Saint Joseph is seen behind Mary to the right; Zacharias is behind his wife Saint Elizabeth to the left, where another saint, perhaps Francis, also appears.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
about 1481 - 1559
Full title
The Holy Family with Saints John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Zacharias and (?)Francis
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
60.3 x 47.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1839
Inventory number
NG170
Location in Gallery