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The Holy Family

  • 'The Holy Family'. El Greco Museum. Toledo © David Blázquez

    'The Holy Family'. El Greco Museum. Toledo © David Blázquez

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1908

Artist

Raimundo de Madrazo

Cultural background

Realism

Original title

Sagrada Familia
El Greco Museum
Toledo
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha
Toledo

This work is a copy of El Greco's original, which can be found today in the Hispanic Society of New York, although it previously belonged to the Madrazo family.

El Greco was rediscovered as a great genius of the history of art at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, thanks to the modern art movement and avant-garde movements
Raimundo de Madrazo was one of the people who rediscovered him. As we can see in this work, he had a great ability for portraits, with very soft modelling. The painting depicts the Virgin Mary breastfeeding Baby Jesus, with a young and sturdy Joseph watching them. He is set back from the scene a little in order to break the triangular composition.

These figures are recovered from a medieval iconographic subject called Virgin of Milk, who El Greco painted again a decade later.
 

Details of the work

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height: 106.5 cm; Width: 87.5 cm.

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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