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The Holy Family
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
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Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto

Oviedo (Sapin), 1679 - Madrid (Spain), 1734

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The Holy Family

Ca. 1732. Oil on canvas.
Room 019

The motif of the sleeping Christ Child is a traditional image that prefigures his death. He is watched by Joseph and Mary, who is surrounded by the roses that symbolise her. She restrains the Infant Saint John the Baptist to prevent him from waking her son. When it entered the Museum’s collection this canvas was attributed to the still-life painter Luis Meléndez, but it was subsequently catalogued as a late work by his uncle, Miguel Jacinto, court painter to Philip V.

Technical data

Inventory number
Meléndez, Miguel Jacinto
The Holy Family
Ca. 1732
Diameter: 119 cm
Royal Collection (Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, pieza de vestir la reina, 1818, nº 254).

Bibliography +

Stirling, William, Illustrations To the Annals of the Artists of Spain., IV, [s.n], Londres, 1847, pp. 1424.

Laforge, Edouard, Des Arts et des Artistes en Espagne Jusqu'A la Fin du Dix-Hu..., Imp.De Louis Perrin, Lyon, 1859, pp. 294.

Viñaza, Cipriano Muñoz y ManzanoConde de, Adiciones al diccionario histórico de los mas ilustres profe, III, [s.n.], Madrid, 1894, pp. 44.

Mayer, August L.1885-1944, Geschichte Der Spanischen Malerei, Klinkhardt & Bierman, Leipzing, 1922, pp. 477.

Mayer, August L., Historia de la Pintura Española, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1928, pp. 462.

Tufts, Eleanor May, A Stylistic Study of the Paintings of Luis Melendez.Vol.I.Te..., Xerox University Microfilms, Michigan, 1971, pp. 195 / lám. 83.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972, pp. 410, nº901.

San José en el arte español, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Comisaría Gener, Madrid, 1972, pp. nº88.

Tufts, Eleanor, Luis Melendez: eighteenth-century master of the Spanish stil, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, 1985, pp. 127, nº141.

Santiago Páez, Elena, Miguel Jacinto Meléndez: pintor de Felipe V, Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Centro Regional, Oviedo, 1989, pp. 130,131,191.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Other inventories +

Inv. Fernando VII, Aranjuez, 1814-1818. Núm. 254.
Pieza de vestir la Reyna [...] {20816} 254 / seis cuartas en circulo la Sacra familia con el Niño en la almohada = Escuela Melendez

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 339.
Menendez. / 339. Sacra familia. / Cuadro de forma circular. / Diametro 4 pies, 3 pulg.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 339.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 804.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in white. Front, lower central area

Exhibitions +

Miguel Jacinto Meléndez. Un pintor asturiano en la Corte de Felipe V
15.12.1989 - 31.01.1990

Location +

Room 019 (On Display)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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