Saint Francis kneels in adoration before the Christ Child; the wounds of the crucified Christ which were impressed upon him shine forth. Behind the Virgin, who holds Christ, stands Saint Joseph. Behind Saint Francis is Saint Elizabeth with her son, Christ's cousin Saint John, who protects a lamb (emblem of Christ's sacrifice) from a monkey (perhaps standing for sin). The painting probably dates from the 1520s.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
active 1504 - about 1528/30
Full title
The Holy Family with Saint Francis
Date made
probably about 1520-9
Medium and support
Oil on wood
Dimensions
53 x 39.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
NG82
Location in Gallery