Saint Joseph, Christ's earthly father, has a dream telling him that Mary's child is from God. New Testament (Matthew 1: 18ff.). Champaigne painted this subject at least three times. This one was possibly commissioned for the now demolished church of the Minimes near the present Place des Vosges, Paris.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1602 - 1674
Full title
The Dream of Saint Joseph
Date made
1642-3
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
209.5 x 155.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1957
Inventory number
NG6276
Location in Gallery