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The Holy Family with Angels
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The Holy Family with Angels


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Enthroned as Queen of Heaven, Mary holds her son, who turns with an affectionate gesture to embrace Saint Joseph while angels play music. Mary's husband is pictured as an old man who needs to use glasses to read. The inscription on the scroll below tells us that Mary was both mother and virgin, and Joseph's old age testifies to the Christian miracle of the virgin birth. The painting was probably the central part of a polyptych (an altarpiece consisting of several panels). Rather than looking to ancient art as a model as so many of his Italian contemporaries did, Defendente Ferrari considered northern European painting with its close attention to naturalistic detail to be a proper source for an engaging religious art. For more information on this panel, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 289, p. 417.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
10/25/1939Treatmentrepaired; cleaned; coated; re-housed
6/28/1942Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated
1/01/1953Examinationexamined for condition
10/14/1964Treatmentcoated; loss compensation
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 90, as manner of Filippo Lippi]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] In scroll at bottom: PARTVS ET INTEGRITAS DISCORDES TEMPORE LVNGO | VIRGINIS IN GREMIO FOEDERA PACIS HABENT; [Translation] Childbirth and chastity, long time discordant, have a bond of peace in the lap of the Virgin
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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Period
ca. 1520 (Renaissance)
Medium
oil and gold leaf on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.711
Measurements
Painted surface H: 57 7/8 x W: 28 3/8 x D excluding cradle: 3/8 in. (147 x 72 x 1 cm)
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