(Neapolitan, 18th century)
The Holy Family, unsigned, oil on canvas, 16-1/2 x 13-3/8 in.; 20th century gilt wood frame, 21-1/8 x 17-3/4 in.
Note: The profound influence of Caravaggio (1571-1610) that pervaded through the 17th and 18th centuries in Naples, Italy, reflected naturalism and strong contrasts of light called chiaroscuro. This believable scene conveys a tender and young Joseph, a contrast to rather formal depictions of a distant and elderly father figure which effectively draws the observer into this intimate family moment.
This painting has been exhibited as attributed to Corrado Giaquinto (Italian, 1703-1765).
Exhibited: The University Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (labels verso backing)
19th century lining, crackle, stretcher marks, small point of retouch under natural resin varnish, abrasions; frame with abrasions