Holy Family with Saints Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, and Mary Magdalene

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Holy Family with Saints Anne, Catherine of Alexandria, and Mary Magdalene


Nosadella (Italian (Bolognese), active about 1550 - 1571)




about 1560s


Oil on panel


100.2 × 77.6 cm (39 7/16 × 30 9/16 in.)

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Huddled closely together, the Virgin suckles the infant Christ while Mary Magdalene and Saint Catherine of Alexandria look on in adoration. Behind, Joseph stands conversing with Saint Anne, Mary's mother. The sitting women seem large and compressed into a small space, and bright, vibrant hues of yellow, green, and red describe the clothing. The tight space, vivid colors, and twisted, artificial postures of the figures reflect the most advanced Mannerist style from Rome. Arranged in a loose pyramidal shape, the faces of the three young women are classically idealized. Mary Magdalene and Saint Catherine wear jewelry and expensively brocaded fabrics, in contrast to the simple garments of Mary, Joseph, and Anne.


P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London


and Matthiesen Fine Art Ltd. (London, England), sold shares to P & D Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., 1977.

1977 - 1984

P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London

- 1985

Zangrilli, Brady & Co., Ltd., New York (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Old Master Paintings and Drawings (June 19 to August 3, 1979) (5; p. 13, repr.)
  • P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, June 19 to August 3, 1979
Discoveries from the Cinquecento (June 17 to November 6, 1982) (38; p. 78, repr., entry by Clovis Whitfield.)
  • P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd., London, June 17 to August 7, 1982
  • P & D Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (New York), October 6 to November 6, 1982
  • P & D Colnaghi & Co. Ltd. (New York), October 6 to November 6, 1982

Verdi, Richard. "Review of Colnaghi Exhibition." Burlington Magazine, vol. 121, no. 917 (August 1979), p. 539, fig. 94.

Sambo, Elisabetta. La Formazione e il Primo Tempo di Pellegrino Tibaldi. (unpublished Tesi di Laurea, University of Bologna: 1980), pp. 163-68, 172, 203-4, pl. 28.

Dunkelman, Martha Levine. "The Holy Family with St. John the Baptist: Nosadella or Tibaldi." Perceptions, vol. 1. (1981), p. 49, note. 19.

Sambo, Elisabetta. "Tibaldi e Nosadella." Paragone, vol. 32, no. 379. (September 1981), pp. 15-16, 25 note 37, pls. 16-19.

Baltay, Christine. Pellegrino Tibaldi in Bologna and the Marches, Ph.D. dissertation. (Institute of Fine Arts-New York University: 1984), pp. 170, 172, 175, 177-78, 180-81, 187, note 59, fig. 177.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), p. 213, no. 113.

Winkelmann, Jürgen. "Giovanni Francesco Bezzi detto il Nosadella." in Pittura bolognese del '500, ed., Vera Fortunati Pietrantonio, vol. 2. (Bologna: 1986), pp. 460 and 462, repr. p. 472.

La Pittura in Italia: Il Cinquecento, ed. Mauro Natale, vol. 1. (Milan: 1988; 1st ed. 1987), p. 784.

Romani, Vittoria. Problemi di Michelangiolismo Padano: Tibaldi e Nosadella, Università di Padova, Quaderni del Seminario di Storia dell'Arte Moderna, 1. (Padua: 1988), pp. 12-13, 40-43, fig. 39.

Hall, Nicholas H. J., ed. Colnaghi in America: A Survey to Commemorate the First Decade of Colnaghi New York (New York: Colnaghi, 1992), p. 130.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 92, ill.