Formerly attributed to the more famous Carlo Francesco Nuvolone, this painting is now acknowledged as the work of his brother Giuseppe. It was donated to the church of San Sepolcro by Cardinal Alfonso Litta, Archbishop of Milan from 1652 to 1679, before entering the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. The Madonna, with the Child in her lap, stands out in the foreground, partly through the use of brilliant colours, while the ageing Saint Joseph, in softer tones, pensively contemplates the scene from behind.


  • Title: The Holy Family
  • Creator: Giuseppe Nuvolone
  • Date Created: c. 1640 - 1650
  • Physical Dimensions: 134 x 97 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Art Genre: Sacred art
  • Art Movement: 17th century Lombard painting
  • Art Form: Painting
  • Support: Canvas
  • Depicted Topic: holy family, Madonna, Christ Child, Saint Joseph

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