• Holy Family with St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist

    Artist:
    Poussin, Nicolas. 1594-1665
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    174x134 сm

Poussin, Nicolas. 1594-1665

Holy Family with St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist

France, between 1647 and 1655

Poussin received the order for this painting from Pierre Fréart de Chantelou, a celebrated court official of Louis XIII, for whose personal collection the artist executed a series of works. The scene depicts the encounter between the Virgin Mary and St Elizabeth and their infants. When compared with the canvas entitled The Holy Family with St John the Baptist in the John and Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota, which was done slightly earlier, this painting amazes us with its greater harmony and grandeur. Here large and heavy figures fill nearly the entire surface of the canvas and leave almost no room for open space and background. Researchers consider this work to be characteristic of the late style of Poussin which developed in the mid-1650s when the artist began to distance himself from the influence of Raphael and sought more monumental means of expression.

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Holy Family with St Elizabeth and St John the Baptist

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

174x134 сm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1779; acquired from the R. Walpole collection, Houghton Hall, England

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1213

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