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The House at Nazareth

Artist/maker unknown, Bolivian

Made in Bolivia, South America

Late 18th century

Oil on canvas

Image: 24 x 31 3/4 inches (61 x 80.6 cm) Framed: 29 1/4 x 37 3/8 x 2 inches (74.3 x 94.9 x 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 372, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of Roberta and Richard Huber, 2012

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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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