The Holy Family with Saints and a Donor

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1487 - 1547
Full title
The Virgin and Child with Saints Joseph and Lucy and a Woman and Boy at Prayer
Date made
about 1540
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
85.8 x 118 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1886
Inventory number
Location in Gallery