Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading

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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.


Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770), Holy Family with Saint Joseph Reading, Pen, brown ink and grey-brown wash on laid paper © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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