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Artist Unknown Artist
Title The Holy Family (La Sagrada Familia)
Date 19th c.
Medium oil on tin
Place of Origin Mexico
Culture Mexican
Catalog Number 1967.38
Collection Retablo or Ex Voto Collection
Object Name Painting
Credit line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Lockett
Didactic Information This very popular subject presents the Christ child flanked by Mary and Joseph, frequently holding hands or connected by touch. Although there is no reference to a particular Biblical story or text, based on the age of the Christ child, this scene may allude to the return from Egypt. The arrangement and presentation is similar to an early expression of the Holy Trinity, when the Holy Ghost is shown in human rather than symbolic form. The Holy Family may represent an earthly manifestation of the Trinity.