Inventory number
P07857
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Holy Family
Chronology
Ca. 1787
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
63,5 cm x 51,5 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Private Collection in Madrid, late nineteenth century-2003; Prado Museum, 2003

Goya expresses the greater importance of this composition through the larger size of the figures, compared to its companion work, Tobias and the Angel (P07856).

The wood shavings on the floor indicate that the scene takes place in Saint Joseph's austere carpentry shop. The Virgin and Saint Joseph —holding his flowering staff— sadly reflect on their child's destiny, which is foreshadowed by the wooden cross he holds in his hands. The light, which is observed with great naturalness, comes from the Child and his Mother and floods the dark room. The composition is ordered according to the reigning neoclassical rigor, to which Goya was not immune at that time.

 
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