Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770)
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.