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Holy Family

Bonaccorsi Pietro called Perin del Vaga
(Florence 1501 - Rome 1547)

Strongly inspired by Raphael, the painting was probably executed during Perin del Vaga’s first sojourn in Rome, after completing the decoration of the Logge Vaticane. The work contains the customary classical references, a reflection of the artist’s youthful interests, such as the ruin in the middle, the detail of the capital on the ground and the bas-relief with the dragon on which Joseph is sitting. The bas-relief used to be interpreted in heraldic terms as a masked celebration of the Borghese family, but actually it is simply a decorative motif.

Object Details

Medium | oil on panel, cm 90 x 67

Inventory | 464

Location | Room 9 – Dido Room

Period | '500

Classification | painting