St. Joseph with the Child

Giambattista Piazzetta

Giambattista Piazzetta - St. Joseph with the Child
The cult of St. Joseph, the Lord’s Guardian, culminated in the 17th century and the configuration with the Child in his arms subsequently became a completely conventional motif. However, Piazzetta based his composition on distinct tenebrism, which he cut through with an originally led sacral shaft of light. The subject was shifted to a more profound level of significance, referring to the Holy Trinity. The gesture of the Child related the painting to an unknown altarpiece, for which it was conceived as an extension.
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measurements: height 69 cm
width 56,5 cm
material: canvas
technique: oil
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inventory number: O 10655
gallery collection: Collection of Old Masters
licence: Creative Commons License public domain