Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History



  • The Holy Family, ca. 1512–13
    Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, ca. 1485–1540/41)
    Oil on wood

    16 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (42.5 x 31.8 cm)
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.57)

    The motif of the Virgin and Child is borrowed from Jan van Eyck's regal Lucca Madonna (Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt). Reduced to a half-length image and placed in a domestic setting, the composition is further altered by the addition of Joseph. The wine and fruit, symbols of Christ's Incarnation and sacrifice, testify to a new interest in still-life painting.

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    On view: Gallery 639
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    The Holy Family, ca. 1512–13
    Joos van Cleve (Netherlandish, ca. 1485–1540/41)
    Oil on wood

    16 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. (42.5 x 31.8 cm)
    The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 (32.100.57)


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