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The Holy Family

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Cesura was associated with the school of Raphael early in his career and the present composition is clearly influenced by Raphael’s 'Madonna of the Rose' (Madrid, Prado) and Perino del Vaga’s 'Holy Family'. Its sweet facial expressions, bright colours and elegant, elongated forms, however, also recall the Italian mannerists, Correggio and Parmigianino. The painting must have enjoyed some popularity in its day, for it was etched by Orazio de Sanctis in 1573 and again by an anonymous engraver in a print published by Giacomo Rossi.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

c.1560–1571

Medium

oil on walnut panel

Measurements

H 26.4 x W 18.7 cm

Accession number

P552

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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The Wallace Collection

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