The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and John the Baptist

size(cm): 45x35
Sale price€126,95 EUR


The painting "The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist" by Nicolas Poussin is a masterpiece of French Baroque art of the 17th century. The painting, with an original size of 172 x 134 centimeters, shows the Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist in a bucolic landscape.

Poussin's artistic style is characterized by precision in detail and balanced composition. In this work, you can appreciate the influence of the Italian Renaissance in the representation of the characters and the landscape. The figure of the Virgin Mary is represented with a grace and serenity that reflect devotion and humility, while Saint Joseph is shown as a wise and protective man.

The composition of the painting is symmetrical, with the Holy Family in the center and Saint Elizabeth and Saint John the Baptist on both sides. The landscape behind them is made up of trees and mountains, creating a sense of depth and perspective.

The color in the painting is soft and harmonious, with warm shades of brown, green and blue. The light that illuminates the faces of the characters and the landscape is soft and diffuse, creating an atmosphere of tranquility and peace.

The history of the painting is interesting, as it was commissioned by Cardinal Richelieu for his private chapel in the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. After the cardinal's death, the painting became part of the collection of King Louis XIV and was eventually acquired by the Louvre Museum in 1804.

A little known aspect of the painting is that Poussin painted it twice. The first version, which is in the National Gallery in London, is smaller and has some differences in composition and detail. The second version, which is the one found in the Louvre, is considered the definitive and most successful version.

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