The Holy Family (The Madonna del Velo; Madonna di Loreto)

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The Holy Family (The Madonna del Velo; Madonna di Loreto)


Copy after Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio) (Italian, 1483 - 1520)




mid-16th century


Oil on panel


120.7 x 91.1 cm (47 1/2 x 35 7/8 in.)

Credit Line:

Gift of J. Paul Getty

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The infant Christ Child reclines on pillows while the Virgin Mary lovingly gazes down at him. She holds a transparent veil in her hands towards which the child playfully extends his hands. In the shadows behind the Virgin, Joseph watches the happy scene. This intimate and touching view of the Holy Family exemplifies the Renaissance fascination with Jesus' humanity. The Virgin's beauty and youth, the child's pudgy body, and their warm smiles enhance the sense of the Holy Family as ordinary, loving, and ultimately very human.

Pope Julius II may have commissioned the painting in 1509, hanging it on a pillar, along with his portrait, during festivals in a Roman church. Thirty-five known versions of this painting exist, making it one of Raphael's most popular Madonnas.

by 1819 - 1848

Antonio Lucchesi-Palli, prince of Campofranco, 1781 - 1856 (Palermo, Italy), by inheritance to his son, Ettore Carlo Lucchesi Palli, 1848.

1848 - 1864

Ettore Carlo Lucchesi Palli, prince of Campofranco, 1806 - 1864 (Venice, Italy), by inheritance to his wife, Marie-Caroline de Bourbon, 1864.

1864 - 1865

Marie-Caroline, Duchesse de Berri, 1798 - 1870 (Venice, Italy; Paris, France) [sold, Berry sale, Pillet, Paris, April 19, 1865, lot 129, to "Podenas."]

1865 -


- 1883

Henri de Bourbon V, duke of Bordeaux and count of Chambord, 1820 - 1883 (Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria), by inheritance within the Bourbon family, possibly to Jaime III de Borbón y Borbón.

- 1931

Jaime III de Borbón y Borbón, 1870 - 1931, by inheritance to his niece, Beatrice Teresa de Borbòn y Borbòn, 1931.

- 1938

Princess Beatrice Teresa de Borbón y Borbón, 1871 - 1961 (Rome, Italy; Schloss Frohsdorf, Austria) [sold, Massimo sale, Sotheby's, London, July 20, 1938, lot 49, to J. Paul Getty.]

1938 - 1971

J. Paul Getty, American, 1892 - 1976 (Malibu, California; Sutton Place, Surrey, England), donated to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.


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