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  • Denys Calvaert
The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist in a Landscape
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The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist in a Landscape about 1590 - 1600
The Holy Family rests during the Flight into Egypt, while angels provide refreshing fruit and spring water. The Christ Child blesses the infant St John the Baptist, whose reed cross is echoed by the wooden cross appearing in the miraculous vision above. Putti emerge from an opening in the clouds above the mountainous landscape, holding the instruments of Christ’s Passion: the cross and nails, and the column on which he is scourged. The smooth copper sheet on which this work is painted provided an ideal surface for Calvaert’s fluid style, enhancing the glowing colours and jewel-like finish.

Glossary Open

Putto

A chubby, naked boy, sometimes winged, frequently associated with representations of Greek and Roman gods of love.

Putto

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2447
  • Medium Oil on copper
  • Size 42.00 x 32.00 cm (framed: 63.50 x 55.20 x 7.60 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with the aid of the Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland and the aid of the Art Fund 1987