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The Holy Family

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  • Rosalind Ormiston asked

    Could you tell me the medium (oils, watercolour...?) and size of this work please? The Holy Family, 1509, by Albrecht Durer. Thank you.

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Hi Rosalind, You can find this information easily yourself by scrolling down and clicking the orange button 'show all details'. In this case it is oil on panel.
    Kind regards, Els


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The restrained scene of the 'holy family' is signed and dated 1509. The family is depicted as an everyday family; Mary and the Christ child are shown in a warm, deep relationship. What is remarkable is the presence of Joseph, who is not, as customary, shown as a figure in the background. He looks at the spectator and is shown on equal footing with Mary and her child. This is also important in the composition: the dark, bearded face of Joseph contasts with the pale, veiled face of Mary. The small size suggests that this was intended as a devotion piece for private use.

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Title The Holy Family
Material and technique Oil on panel
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 38,6 cm
Height 30,9 cm
Artists Painter: Albrecht Dürer
Accession number 2447 (OK)
Credits Acquired with the collection of D.G. Van Beuningen, 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Creation date in 1509
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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Albrecht Dürer

Neurenberg 1471 - Neurenberg 1528

Albrecht Dürer received his first lessons from his father, who was a goldsmith. He subsequently became a pupil of the painter Michael Wohlgemut. Dürer...

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