The Holy Family with Saints

Saint Francis kneels in adoration before the Christ Child; the wounds of the crucified Christ which were impressed upon him shine forth. Behind the Virgin, who holds Christ, stands Saint Joseph. Behind Saint Francis is Saint Elizabeth with her son, Christ's cousin Saint John, who protects a lamb (emblem of Christ's sacrifice) from a monkey (perhaps standing for sin).

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1504; died 1528?
Full title
The Holy Family with Saints Elizabeth, Francis and John the Baptist
Date made
about 1514-16
Medium and support
Oil on wood
53 x 39.4 cm
Acquisition credit
Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number
Location in Gallery