Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
Pen, brown ink and grey-brown wash on laid paper
Height: 28.5 cm; Width: 21.5 cm;
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
About this work
During the late 1750s Tiepolo produced nearly seventy drawings of the Holy Family. This freshly preserved example shows a particularly engaging composition, both monumental and tender. Mary cares for the Christ Child while Joseph reads a book. Washes of varying intensity model the figures, creating transparent shadows and deep pockets of shade on the luminous paper.
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