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The Holy Family
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y
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Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y

Córdoba, 1633 - Madrid, 1669

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The Holy Family

Mid-XVIIcentury. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

This is a loose copy of a painting housed in the Monastery of El Escorial, where Father Santos referred to it in 1658 as hanging in the ‘old’ church. There is another work on the same subject in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux that is attributed to either Paolo Caliari Veronese’s workshop or to his brother Benedetto.

The painting came from the Royal Collections, but after it entered the Museo del Prado in 1857, it was attributed to Escalante. It is quite a convincing claim given his well-known admiration for Veronese, the models he introduced into his version and the technique used. In fact, we can see that his models are of Canesque lineage; the application of colour suggests a close relationship with this master from Granada.

The El Escorial work portrays an interior scene in which the infant Saint John offers the sleeping Child an apple and Saint Joseph’s rod is very visible. Escalante’s version extends upwards, and at the top of the painting a heavenly radiance illuminates two pairs of angels and seraphim. The analysis of this work suggests that the top of the one at El Escorial was cut off at some point.

Technical data

Inventory number
P000695
Author
Escalante, Juan Antonio de Frías y
Title
The Holy Family
Date
Mid-XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 54.5 cm; Width: 45.5 cm
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Noul, M., Sotomayor, F., Muguruza, P., Les chefs-d'oeuvre du Musée du Prado, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Ginebra, 1939, pp. nº169.

Ruiz Manero, J.M, Observaciones sobre algunas obras de Pablo Veronés y de sus seguidores en España, Archivo español de arte, LXXIX, 1940, pp. 43-60.

Noticias. Levantamiento definitivo de depósitos, Boletín del Museo del Prado, X, 28, 1989, pp. 125.

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

Urrea, Jesús, Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV, Museo del Prado-Caja de Ahorros de Navarra, Madrid, 1994, pp. 92.

Delgado Martínez, Natalia, Juan Antonio de Frías y Escalante (1633-1669), Fundación Universitaria Española, Madrid, 2001, pp. 265.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 185.
Escalante (juan antonio) / 185. Sacra familia / Alto 1 pie, 11 pulg; ancho 1 pie, 7 pulg, 6 lin / Inventario de 1857, nº 185

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 711.
711.-Sacra Familia / Alto 0,54. Ancho 0,46.-Lienzo. / Contempla la Virgen con religioso amor, juntas las manos, al niño Dios dormido y echado sobre un paño blanco y sobre su propio manto; y San José acerca cariñosamente al párvulo precursor para que bese á Jesus la mano. Varios ángeles ocupan la parte superior del cuadro.

Inscriptions +

796 [3 veces]
Inscribed in pen and ink. Frame, back

185.
Inscribed in gray. Front, lower left corner

Dirección General de Bellas Artes / del Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia / COMISARIA GENERAL DE EXPOSICIONES / (MUSEO ESPAÑOL DE ARTE CONTEMPORANEO) / EXPOSICION: SAN JOSE EN / EL ARTE ESPAÑOL
Scrap of paper. Stretcher

J. A. DE FRIAS ESCALANTE / "Sagrada Familia" / M 64.7 x 45.8 cms / DEPOSITO DEL MUSEO / DEL PRADO O.M 9-IV-70 / 695 / Int.1987
Scrap of paper. Stretcher

M.N.PRADO / 00695
On metallic tablet. Stretcher

Nº 695
Scrap of paper. Stretcher

Nº 695
Scrap of paper. Frame, back

Nº 433 J Escalante
Inscribed. Frame, back

Sagrada familia
Inscribed. Frame, back

Exhibitions +

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Toledo
03.11.1995 - 03.12.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Sevilla
28.09.1995 - 29.10.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Murcia
02.06.1995 - 02.07.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Valencia
28.04.1995 - 28.05.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Zaragoza
24.03.1995 - 23.04.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Pamplona
17.02.1995 - 19.03.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Vitoria
13.01.1995 - 12.02.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Santander
02.12.1994 - 08.01.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
León
28.10.1994 - 27.11.1994

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Vigo
22.09.1994 - 23.10.1994

Update date: 27-08-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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