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ID number:  BIRBI-58.15
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Raibolini, Jacopo, called Françia (before 1486-1557)
Title / Object name:  The Holy Family
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Bologna
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  about 1530
Materials:  Engraving
Measurements:  Paper: 210 x 254 mm; mount: 404 x 557 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Craddock & Barbard, December 1958, for £7.10.0
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The Holy Family is shown on sojourn in Egypt. The Gospel of St Luke (1: 47) states that when Mary was told that she would conceive, St John leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb. Here, he dances round a distaff, to represent the spinning of the thread of the life. Like his better-known father, Francesco, Giacomo was a goldsmith, sculptor and painter as well as a printmaker. The composition of this print betrays the strong influence of Raphael.

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