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Studio of Peter Paul Rubens, The Holy Family with Saints in a Landscape

Key facts
Full title The Holy Family with Saints in a Landscape
Artist Studio of Peter Paul Rubens
Artist dates 1577 - 1640
Date made after 1635
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 119 × 158.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1824
Inventory number NG67
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
The Holy Family with Saints in a Landscape
Studio of Peter Paul Rubens

Within a sprawling rural landscape, the Virgin Mary is seated with the Christ Child in front of a classical building. She holds her sleeping son tenderly while three figures – an unidentified female saint and Saint George with the princess he rescued – gaze at him in awe. The infant Saint John the Baptist and two angels stand with a lamb, which symbolises Christ’s eventual sacrifice. Saint Joseph appears to the right of the scene in the middle distance, slumped against a tree, seemingly asleep.

This painting was produced after 1635 by a member of Rubens’s studio in Antwerp and is based on The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (Prado, Madrid), which Rubens made between 1632 and 1635. Some of the details in the National Gallery picture differ from the earlier painting but the composition, including the positioning of the figures, remains relatively unchanged.

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