The Holy Family with a Saint, the Trinity and Angels

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; died 1528?
Full title
The Holy Family with Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, the Trinity and Angels
Date made
about 1520
Medium and support
Oil on wood
80.6 x 62.2 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1839
Inventory number
Location in Gallery