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Giorgio Vasari (Italian, 1511 - 1574)

The Holy Family with the Infant St. John, the Baptist

The Holy Family with the Infant St. John, the Baptist

c. 1540
Oil on Panel
42 3/4 x 32 1/8 in.

Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council, AP.1989.3.1

The intense, bright colors and exaggerations in scale of this asymmetrical composition demonstrate Giorgio Vasari’s close affiliation with the Mannerist style of painting.  The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are shown as caring parents of the Christ Child, who holds a goldfinch in his left hand. The bird is seen as a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion, as is the inscription on the banderole, Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.  St. John the Baptist is clad in the animal furs that foretell his preaching in the wilderness.

In addition to his successful work as a painter, Giorgio Vasari achieved fame as the author of Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence, 1568), an important history of Italian Renaissance artists.

Visitor's Comments:

"This one is an easy choice for me…it literally transports me back in time to the High Renaissance every time I see it. When I realize that I am looking at the work of a contemporary of Michelangelo and Titian, it is a spiritual experience for me to just fall into the painting and absorb the colors and details. I am thrilled that Jacksonville is the home for this beautiful work that continues to bless us almost five centuries later." - Claudia Scott

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The intense, bright colors and exaggerations in scale of this asymmetrical composition demonstrate Giorgio Vasari’s close affiliation with the Mannerist style of painting.  The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are shown as caring parents of the Christ Child, who holds a goldfinch in his left hand. The bird is seen as a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion, as is the inscription on the banderole, Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.  St. John the Baptist is clad in the animal furs that foretell his preaching in the wilderness.

In addition to his successful work as a painter, Giorgio Vasari achieved fame as the author of Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence, 1568), an important history of Italian Renaissance artists.

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Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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The intense, bright colors and exaggerations in scale of this asymmetrical composition demonstrate Giorgio Vasari’s close affiliation with the Mannerist style of painting.  The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are shown as caring parents of the Christ Child, who holds a goldfinch in his left hand. The bird is seen as a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion, as is the inscription on the banderole, Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.  St. John the Baptist is clad in the animal furs that foretell his preaching in the wilderness.

In addition to his successful work as a painter, Giorgio Vasari achieved fame as the author of Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence, 1568), an important history of Italian Renaissance artists.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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Permanent Quote: 
"This one is an easy choice for me…it literally transports me back in time to the High Renaissance every time I see it. When I realize that I am looking at the work of a contemporary of Michelangelo and Titian, it is a spiritual experience for me to just fall into the painting and absorb the colors and details. I am thrilled that Jacksonville is the home for this beautiful work that continues to bless us almost five centuries later." <strong>- Claudia Scott</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
Italian
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1511 - 1574
Catalog Number: 
AP.1989.3.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Giorgio
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Vasari
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
Yes
Permanent Year: 
1540
Permanent Period: 
Medieval and Renaissance Art
Permanent Material: 
Oil on Panel<br />42 3/4 x 32 1/8 in.

The intense, bright colors and exaggerations in scale of this asymmetrical composition demonstrate Giorgio Vasari’s close affiliation with the Mannerist style of painting.  The Virgin Mary and St. Joseph are shown as caring parents of the Christ Child, who holds a goldfinch in his left hand. The bird is seen as a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion, as is the inscription on the banderole, Agnus Dei, or Lamb of God.  St. John the Baptist is clad in the animal furs that foretell his preaching in the wilderness.

In addition to his successful work as a painter, Giorgio Vasari achieved fame as the author of Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (Florence, 1568), an important history of Italian Renaissance artists.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
Permanent Quote: 
"This one is an easy choice for me…it literally transports me back in time to the High Renaissance every time I see it. When I realize that I am looking at the work of a contemporary of Michelangelo and Titian, it is a spiritual experience for me to just fall into the painting and absorb the colors and details. I am thrilled that Jacksonville is the home for this beautiful work that continues to bless us almost five centuries later." <strong>- Claudia Scott</strong>
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