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

Object Details

Title:

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

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1560s

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

100.2 x 77.6 cm (39 7/16 x 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.

Provenance
1977

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

1977

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.

Exhibitions
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