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The Holy Family

The Holy Family

Albrecht Dürer (in 1509)

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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 Schilder: Albrecht Dürer
Accession number 2447 (OK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1958
Age artist About 38 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
Material
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Geographical origin Germany > Western Europe > Europe

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