The Christ Child stands in front of the Virgin holding rosary beads, while Saint Joseph looks on from behind, and the infant Baptist on the left holds a cross.

Probably painted about 1620-5, perhaps under the influence of Caravaggio's 'Madonna of the Rosary' (Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum), which at that time was in the Dominican church in Antwerp.

Key facts

Artist dates
1593 - 1678
Full title
The Holy Family and Saint John the Baptist
Date made
probably 1620-5
Medium and support
Oil on oak
123 x 93.9 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by the 5th Duke of Northumberland, 1838
Inventory number
Location in Gallery