sacra famiglia panciatichi

The picture belonged to Bartolomeo Panciatichi, friend and counselor in France of Cosimo I de' Medici. The painting represents the Holy Family with the little Saint John. The baby Jesus is sleeping parallel to the border of the picture leaning on a pillow and a sack, probably an allusion to the rest during the Escape from Egypt.Asleep like this he seems to give a preview on his death and the kiss of little John doesn't help. On the back of the two figures are placed Mary and Joseph, they are paying attention to the main scene. The face of Mary remembers the one of wife of Panciatichi, Lucrezia, and even the features of Venus. This painting is one of the most representative works of Agnolo Bronzino because it shows an incredible mastery of colors, lights and shapes.


Author: Agnolo Bronzino
Uffizi Room n°: Sala 64
Year: 1541
Style: Manierismo
Techics: Olio su tavola
Size: 117 x 93 cm

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