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Attributed to Giovanni Cariani: 'The Holy Family with Saints and a Donor'

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Saint Joseph is identified by his rod that burst into flower, Saint Lucy (whose name means light) holds a burning light. The woman and the child in the foreground have sometimes been said to be saints, but are more probably a mother and her child, the donors of the picture, although the mother's head has been given a radiance.

This picture is apparently unfinished and is considerably damaged. The horizontal format showing kneeling donors recommended by saints to the Virgin and Child in a landscape was typical of Venetian painting, and the painting is possibly attributed to Cariani.


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