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Jacopo Raibolini, called Francia (before 1486 – 1557)

The Holy Family

Bologna, about 1530

Engraving

Paper: 210 x 254 mm; Mount: 404 x 557

 

The Holy Family is shown on sojourn in Egypt. The Gospel of St Luke (1: 47) states that when Mary was told that she would conceive, St John leapt for Joy in Elizabeth`s womb. Here, he dances round a distaff, to represent the spinning of the thread of life. Like his better-known father, Francesco, Jacopo was a goldsmith, sculptor and painter as well as a printmaker. The composition of this print betrays the strong influence of Raphael. The artist is also known under the name Giacomo Francia. 

Purchased 1958 (No. 58.15)

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