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The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist  1627

by Nicolas Poussin

Poussin returned to the subject of the Holy Family throughout his career. During his early years in Rome, he was especially interested in Venetian painting, studying Titian’s great mythological compositions, especially the Bacchanals, from which he took inspiration for the fruit-gathering cherubs and the landscape in this painting. The family group sits under an apple tree...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art