The Holy Family

The Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus is here associated with the image of the 'Virgo Lactans', for the Virgin is about to suckle the child. The strawberries which the Christ Child holds in this painting may refer to his fruitful and righteous life, or to the blood of the Passion. The picture has been heavily restored, probably around 1900.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1440/50 - 1523
Full title
The Holy Family
Date made
probably about 1490-5
Medium and support
Oil on wood
80.6 x 64.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Salting Bequest, 1910
Inventory number
Location in Gallery