The Holy Family blessed by the Holy Trinity

Unknown17th century

Museum Of Christian Art, Goa

Museum Of Christian Art, Goa
Old Goa, India

This painting is based on Flemish representations of the coronation of the Virgin, to which images of Child Jesus, Saint Joseph and Jesus’ maternal and paternal grandparents have been added – a well-defined hierarchy that is blessed by the Holy Trinity, which appears amid a radiant halo and pairs of angels in a truly celestial atmosphere. Clouds containing cherubim serve as a base and separate the divine and earthly levels. The latter is marked by a Flemish style cartouche flanked by two kneeling bearers and with an inscription in the centre. The inscription clarifies the painting’s subject where the protagonist is Saint Anne, who is given the same treatment as the Virgin Mary and the Child, depicted moving from his mother’s lap to that of his grandmother.
The frame of the painting is japanned in bright red with low relief gilded carving. The entablature at the top with sinuous auricular designs rising symmetrically to a balanced ornamentation of local flowers, occupies the place where a shell design would appear in a European work. The entire profusion of gold-painted flower designs, along with all the carving is centred on an open lotus blossom.


  • Title: The Holy Family blessed by the Holy Trinity
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 115 x 71 x 8.5 cm
  • Provenance: Loutolim, Saviour of the World Church
  • Medium: Panel Paintings, Polychrome and gilt oil on wood; painted and gilt frame

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