Holy Family (1640) by Rembrandt van Rijn

Holy Family - Rembrandt van Rijn - 1640

Artwork Information

TitleHoly Family
ArtistRembrandt van Rijn
MediumOil on wood
Dimensions16 1/4 x 13 1/2" (41 x 34 cm)
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About Holy Family

Rembrandt Van Rijn, the renowned artist from the Netherlands, produced several works on the subject of the Holy Family in the 1630s-1640s. The Holy Family was a frequently covered theme in various mediums by Rembrandt during this period. He developed his own Baroque style grounded in his classical education and unique understanding of the human condition. His artwork called Holy Family is one of his most celebrated works created in 1640.

The painting depicts an intimate moment between Mary, Joseph, and infant Jesus, conveying a sense of warmth and tenderness. It is regarded as a masterpiece due to its attention to detail and emotion. The struggle against confinement to two dimensions gives it an illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional medium. This painting conveys nuanced emotions despite having only three subjects with simple background work.

There are other versions and fragments of Holy Family created by Rembrandt available in different forms such as oil paintings, etchings, and drypoints portraying diverse interpretations on this subject matter throughout history. Rembrandt’s prolific contributions as a painter along with being a draftsman and printmaker has influenced modern art practices worldwide over time gained new forms that continue to expand till now beyond those that were dominating at his time.

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