Giuseppe Maria Crespi
The holy family. 1712

This work forms a pair with the canvas The Death of Joseph in the Hermitage collection.

Both works were painted c 1712 as a commission for the Papal Legate and the prominent Roman collector Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni (1667-1740). The Moscow canvas enjoyed considerable fame and was reproduced on several occasions by the artist himself and his workshop. A preliminary drawing, executed with precision and almost identical to the painted variant in its details, is held in a private collection.

Go to the full description on "Italian painting in VIII-XX centuries" catalogue.

Giuseppe Maria Crespi

1665–1747