Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist

Hans Krumpper German

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This is one of the most finished and pictorial drawings by Hans Krumpper, who, at the Munich court of William V, Duke of Bavaria, was mainly active as a sculptor. In a lush landscape and surrounded by birds in the tree, the sky and on the river, the Holy Family shares an intimate moment with the young Saint John the Baptist carrying a lamb. A comparable drawing, representing the Virgin combing the Christ Child’s hair in the presence of two angels, is at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (inv. 23678b). Monogrammed drawings displaying the same figure style – with plump features, round eyes, high foreheads, and curly hair – are found among those from the artist’s estate at the Münchner Stadmuseum, Munich (inv. 36/1892, 36/1893).

Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, Hans Krumpper (German, Weilheim ca. 1570–1643 Munich), Pen and brown ink

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