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|Collection:||Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture|
|Date:||1682 - 1682|
|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.|
|Production Period:||17th century|
|Medium:||Oil on canvas.|