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Title The Holy Family
Collection Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Artist Attributed to circle of Procaccini, Giulio Cesare (Italian painter and draftsman, 1574-1625)
Date Earliest about 1600
Date Latest about 1640
Description There is some debate about the artist responsible for this painting, but it has been suggested that it was a follower of the Italian painter Giulio Cesare Procaccini. The work is a depiction of an intimate moment experienced by the Holy Family. The Christ Child reaches out his arms to Mary and Joseph, who look at Him fondly; Mary's mother St Anne is also included in the left background. In keeping with tradition, Joseph is shown as an old man, of a similar age to Anne.
Current Accession Number 206
Subject religion (Holy Family)
Measurements 45.5 x 37.6 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by Richard William Eastwick Allars of Chelmsford 1939.
Principal Exhibitions Faith at the Ferens, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2000; From Medieval to Regency, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2002, cat. no. 232.
Publications Wright, Christopher, From Medieval to Regency: Old Masters in the Collection of the Ferens, Hull, 2002, pp. 30, 218, ill. p. 30..
Notes The painting is rather over-painted but bears similarities to the small-scale types executed by Giulio Cesare Procaccini and his followers. According to Wright, the closest is Holy Family (Musée de Peinture et de Sculpture, Grenoble), a second and inferior version of which is in the Museo Poldi-Pezzoli in Milan. The Ferens' picture could possibly be a version of a lost Procaccini original (Wright, 2002, p. 218).
Rights Owner Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
Author Dr Ruth Stewart



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