The Holy Family

Unknown authormid-19th century

Lithuanian Art Fund

Lithuanian Art Fund
Vilnius, Lithuania

The Holy Family is also called the Earthly Trinity. Mary and Joseph were both virgin and formed a family to give the Saviour to the world. The Holy Family has suffered a great deal of hardships, persecution, and fear. The paintings of this subject depict young Jesus led by Mother Mary and guardian Joseph. Jesus is dressed in a light tunic belted with a golden sash indicating that the child is the ruler of the world, who holds power over all creatures. Joseph is bareheaded and Mary’s head is draped with a veil; sometimes they all wear crowns. God the Father, who takes centre stage, embraces them with His arms. A dove which symbolises the Holy Spirit is depicted below God’s arms.


  • Title: The Holy Family
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: mid-19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 90 cm x 69 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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