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The Holy Family
Orley, Bernard van
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Orley, Bernard van

Bruselas?, 1488 - Bruselas, 1541

The Holy Family

1522. Oil on panel, 90 x 74 cm.

The Holy Family is shown indoors, in front of a window thought which a costal landscape is visible. The Christ Child stands on a sumptuous carpet and plays with his mother. Saint Joseph holds an apple —an allusion to the Garden of Eden-that symbolizes Mary´s condition as the new Eve. An Angel crowns the Virgin as Queen of Heaven while another offers her a basket of flowers like those resting on the table, alluding to the Passion Jesus must suffer to save humankind from sin. This panel owes much to Raphael, whose cartoons for Acts of the Apostles were studied by Van Orley in Brussels. The artist includes a cartouche with his signature in Roman characters and the date. Here, van Orley combines his first-hand knowledge of Italian art with a meticulous technique —visible in Saint Joseph´s beard— that he acquired during his training.

Technical data

Inventory number
P02692
Author
Orley, Bernard van
Title
The Holy Family
Date
1522
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimension
High/Height: 90 cm.; Width: 74 cm.
Provenance
Legacy of Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916

Bibliography +

Tormo, Elías, La perla de la colección de Bosch legado al Museo del Prado, Boletín de la Sociedad española de excursiones, 24, 1916, pp. 74.

Nowe, H., Keizer Karel en Zijn Tijd., Museum Voor Schone Kunsten, Gante, 1955.

Friedländer, Max J., Early netherlandish painting, A.W.Sijthoff, Leyden-Bruselas, 1972, pp. 65-72/ lám.119.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 472.

Museo Nacional del Prado, La pintura flamenca en el Prado, IbercajaFonds Mercator, Amberes, 1989, pp. 91.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1996.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Pintura flamenca de los siglos XV y XVI: guía, Museo del PradoAldeasa, Madrid, 2001, pp. 123.

Galand, Alexandre, 'After Bernard van Orley 'Holy Family'MRBAB/KMSKB n.359 '. En:The Flemish Primitives. vol VI Bernard van Orley, Brepols, Bruselas, 2013, pp. 34,91,99,102,107,114-116, 125.

Galand, Alexandre, The Flemish Primitives. vol VI Bernard van Orley, Brepols, Bruselas, 2013, pp. 34,91,99,102,107,114-116, 125.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (desde 1856). Núm. 1409.

Exhibitions +

Patinir
03.07.2007 - 07.10.2007

Location +

Room 057A (On Display)

Expuesto
Update date: 27-09-2016 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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