The Holy Family

Unknown authorearly 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: early 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 41 cm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Medium: Wood carving, polychrome

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