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Italian, Florentine, The Holy Family with Angels

Key facts
Full title The Holy Family with Angels
Artist Italian, Florentine
Date made probably 1475-1500
Medium and support Tempera on wood
Dimensions 126 × 126 cm
Acquisition credit Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number NG2492
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Holy Family with Angels
Italian, Florentine

The Christ Child lies on a bundle of straw before his mother, the Virgin Mary, on a grassy patch in the foreground of this picture, his head supported by a kneeling angel. Making direct eye contact with the viewer, he suckles his index finger in a gesture that may have been understood as a kiss of peace. The Virgin, her hands joined, prays towards her son, while her husband Joseph rests on a saddle and holds a staff in his left hand. Behind him rise the ruins of an ancient building – a distant landscape with little buildings can be seen through its arches.

This painting may have been made by the Florentine painters Agnolo di Domenico del Mazziere and his brother Donnino, who specialised in the production of devotional paintings in Florence in the decades around 1500. Its circular shape was very popular at the time.

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