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Oil Painting - The Holy Family

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1974P12
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1682 - 1682

Maker Information

Artist:Benedetto Gennari the Younger - View biography for Benedetto Gennari the Younger


The artist's records state that this work was commissioned by the wife of James Duke of York (later King James II) for the private chapel in St James's Palace, London. The picture shows Joseph lifting Jesus to fed at Mary's breast. The theme of the Virgin suckling the infant Christ began to disappear after the Council of Trent (1545-63) forbade nudity in the portrayal of sacred figures.

Purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, 1974.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:2138 mm
Width:1680 mm