The Holy Family with Saints

A work made of etching in black with engraving on ivory laid paper, tipped onto cream wove paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black with engraving on ivory laid paper, tipped onto cream wove paper.

Date:

1540/55

Artist:

Léon Davent (French, active 1540-1560)
after Parmigianino (Italian, 1503-1540)

About this artwork

Here the Fontainebleau School etcher Léon Davent brought his bold etching style to a traditional subject, the sacred conversation. The many figures surrounding the Virgin Mary, the Christ Child, and Saint Joseph engage with them in discussion, as well as worship. These include Saint John the Baptist (embracing Christ), Saint John the Evangelist, and Mary Magdalene. Davent made many prints after the influential Italian artist Primaticcio, who was active in Francis I’s service at Fontainebleau. This etching may derive from a Parmigianino drawing for Saint John the Evangelist, and a Lavinia Fontana drawing for other elements (both works are in the Musée du Louvre).

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Léon Davent

Title

The Holy Family with Saints

Origin

France

Date

1540–1555

Medium

Etching in black with engraving on ivory laid paper, tipped onto cream wove paper

Dimensions

241 × 194 mm (image); 254 × 215 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Amanda S. Johnson and Marion J. Livingston Endowment

Reference Number

1999.264

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