The painting has great symbolic and religious meaning and is based from a drawing by Michelangelo in 1538. Many artists attempted a version of this drawing but it is this version by Marcello Venusti which is the finest.

The painting shows the moment Virgin Mary holds Christ after he is returned to her following the Crucifixion. The painting also shows Saint Joseph watching, and an infant John the Baptist asking for silence from the viewer with a raised finger. The painting is called The Holy Family (II Silenzio) which means the Silence.

About this painting

The Holy Family (Il Silenzio), about 1550.
© The National Gallery, London.
This painting joined our collection in 1887.

Product Code NG1227
artist Attributed to Marcello Venusti
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The Holy Family (Il Silenzio) Print

Attributed to Marcello Venusti

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