Nicolas Poussin / The Holy Family on the Steps / 1648Nicolas Poussin
The Holy Family on the Steps

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Creator Name: Poussin, Nicolas
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1594 - 1665
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Nicolas Poussin
Title: The Holy Family on the Steps
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1648
Creation End Date: 1648
Creation Date: 1648
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 72.4cm x 111.7cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1981.18
Credit Line: Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund
Context: The painting shows the Holy Family with Saints Elizabeth and John the Baptist. The representation of Saint Joseph (at the right) is unusual, for he is depicted more as an architect than a carpenter. The Holy Family on the Steps is one of Poussin's mostfamous paintings and considered a masterpiece of his mature style. Placed within an architectural setting recalling ancient Rome, the idealized figures have been arranged in a triangular grouping. The steep perspective and the geometric purity of the forms give this small canvas a feeling of order and quiet timelessness.Poussin's style was appreciated in both Rome and Paris and he had many patrons in each city. The Holy Family on the Steps was painted for the French connoisseur Hennequin de Fresne. There is a contemporary copy in the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1981.18
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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