The Holy Family

Alternately titled: The Virgin and Child with St. John and Angels
Alternately titled: The Manchester Madonna


Master of Manchester

1497 (circa)

Physical Description

Medium: egg tempera on wood
Dimensions: 104.5 x 77 cm

Production Description

Production Date: 1497 (circa)


Current Location: National Gallery, London
Catalog Number: NG809
Archival History: Purchased by the National Gallery in 1870.

Sources of the Work

Myth: The holy family
Culture: Christian

Scholarly Commentary


The National Gallery succinctly describes the painting: “Christ is seen indicating a passage in the book held by the Virgin which one pair of angels contemplates. The others study a scroll, perhaps given to them by John the Baptist. The book and scroll may carry phrophecies of Christ's future sacrifice. The draperies and the rock plinth are very similar to Michelangelo's earliest sculptures” (National Gallery, London. March 5, 2002.

The Holy Family
Copyright: ©National Gallery, London
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
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