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The Holy Family with an Angel

Photo credit: Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Joseph and Mary take refreshment while an angel indicates a palm tree; in the background is the Flight into Egypt. Since the Christ Child is not present, the subject may be the Journey to Bethlehem. There are strong Ferrarese elements in this painting, although the Virgin is Leonardesque, reminiscent of Giovanni Agostino da Lodi. This painting may be by a follower of Ortolano; an attribution to Martino Piazza has recently been suggested.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology



The Holy Family with an Angel


c. 1510–1530


oil on panel


H 52 x W 38 cm

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Presented by Mrs James Reddie Anderson, 1913

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