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The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist
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The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Saint John the Baptist


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Description The little John the Baptist and the Christ Child are represented in ways that encourage the viewer to ponder their futures. Held by his mother Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, John acts out his adult role as Christ's precursor and hands Mary a small branch shaped as a cross. At Mary's feet, the tiny Christ Child is shown deeply asleep in a position that foreshadows his later death. Bazzi, called Sodoma, was fond of creating focused views of figures that give monumentality and forcefulness to the scene. This type of "tondo," or circular painting, would not have served as an altarpiece but would most likely have hung in a domestic setting. For more information on this tondo, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 229, pp. 345-346.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationexamined for condition
8/16/1939Examinationexamined for condition
6/01/1946Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation; coated
3/15/1956Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation
7/28/1959Treatmentrepaired; other
12/16/1965Examinationexamined for condition
9/15/1970Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; coated; other
4/06/1984Treatmentloss compensation
4/09/1984Treatmentother
4/11/1984Treatmentcoated; loss compensation
10/06/1987Treatmentloss compensation; coated; cleaned
3/09/2011Examinationexamined for condition
Provenance Bernard Berenson (?); Henry Walters, Baltimore, prior to 1907 (?), by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1907

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Period
ca. 1525-1530 (Renaissance)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.522
Measurements
Painted surface H: 45 1/2 x W: 44 1/8 x Approx. D: 1 7/16 in. (115.5 x 112 x 3.7 cm)
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