The Holy Family

Object Details


The Holy Family


Baldassare Peruzzi (Italian, 1481 - 1536)




Italy (Place created)


about 1515


Pen and brown ink, black chalk; top left squared in black chalk for transfer


23.8 × 19.1 cm (9 3/8 × 7 1/2 in.)

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In this intimate portrait of the Holy Family, Joseph leans protectively over the shoulder of the Virgin Mary, who twists around to show him the Christ Child. Baldassare Peruzzi drew the figures so that the viewer seems to be looking up at them, while they in turn look back down at the viewer.

Deftly handling the point of the quill, Peruzzi indicated both the lighting and the volume of the forms with a delicate network of hatching and cross-hatching. Numerous lines suggest the wavy strands of Joseph's hair and beard, the Madonna's long, flowing robes, and her strong legs beneath the folds of fabric.

A grid in black chalk has been drawn over the figures of the Virgin and Child in order to simplify copying the drawing onto another surface.

Raphael and his Influence Across the Centuries (October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), October 31, 2000 to January 7, 2001
From Line to Light: Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice (July 20 to October 10, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 2010