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Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading
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Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading

Circa 1757

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)

Pen, brown ink and grey-brown wash on laid paper

Width: 21.5 cm; Height: 28.5 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
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. (Permanent collection label)

This work is not on display
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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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