The House at Nazareth
Artist/maker unknown, Bolivian
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The House at Nazareth shows the Holy Family at home, with Christ learning carpentry from Joseph, assisted by angels who carry wood to his workbench. The Virgin sits with her arms crossed over her chest and with a stack of embroidery in her lap. This subject not only emphasizes the private life of the Holy Family but also their spiritual nature, represented here by the dove of the Holy Spirit, which draws the gaze of Mary and Joseph. Numerous images from the childhood of Christ exist in the Spanish colonies, inspired by engravings by Flemish printmaker Jerome Wierix (1553–1619).
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