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Holy Family

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.


c. 1510


Monogrammist GG
Netherlandish, early 16th century

About this artwork

In this representation of the Holy Family, the crowned Virgin Mary stands at left, holding a garland of roses, a flower associated with purity and healing. In the center, the infant Jesus reaches for this garland, as well as a branch of lilies held by Saint Joseph. Above the trio, the Holy Spirit is represented in the form of a dove, while God the Father is seated on a cloud surrounded by four angels playing musical instruments. The initials “GG” at the bottom right refer to the monogram of an unknown master who possibly lived at the beginning of the 16th century.


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Holy Family


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Engraving on paper


17.9 × 12.8 cm (7 1/16 × 5 1/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

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