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Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist
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Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist


Perino del Vaga (1501 - 1547)

Oil on panel

Height: 106.6 cm ( panel ); Width: 77.6 cm ( panel ); Height: 140.1 cm ( frame ); Width: 111.7 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10 cm ( frame );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
The Art Fund; gift & grant aid; 1932

About this work
This unfinished work offers a rare glimpse in the early stages of the painting process. The children’s bodies and the adults’ hands were modelled thinly in paint. In the rest of the composition, two types of underdrawing are visible. Mary’s features were traced from a cartoon, but her exuberant drapery was drawn freehand with a fine brush. Perino del Vaga was a member of Raphael’s workshop and became the leading painter in Rome. However, this painting was probably executed during his decade-long stay in Genoa. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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