Mazzolino, who specialised in small devotional paintings, worked in Ferrara and Bologna. The abbreviated name of Christ is impressed by golden light upon the breast of Saint Nicholas as he contemplates the Christ Child who eats the cherries supplied by Joseph. Angels watch and play music; God the Father, together with the Holy Ghost (in the form of a dove), presides over the scene.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1504 - about 1528/30
Full title
The Holy Family with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino
Date made
probably about 1515-30
Medium and support
Oil on wood
80.6 x 62.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1839
Inventory number
Location in Gallery