The Holy Family with Elizabeth and John the Baptist

Ambrosius Francken Ica. 1600

Haggerty Museum of Art

Haggerty Museum of Art
Milwaukee, United States

In this attractive work the Virgin is seen looking directly at the viewer, her attention momentarily drawn away from her child, who is seated on her lap. Her right hand gently steadies the arm of Christ, who reaches out to touch the hair of the infant John the Baptist. John in turn holds up a small banner inscribed, “ECCE AGNV- DEI,”—“Behold the Lamb of God,” John’s words about Christ at the Baptism (John 1:36). The reed cross, John the Baptist’s customary attribute, is held by his mother, Elizabeth, while Joseph looks down at the scene from the shadowed background.


  • Title: The Holy Family with Elizabeth and John the Baptist
  • Creator: Ambrosius Francken I
  • Date Created: ca. 1600
  • Provenance: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marc B. Rojtman. Collection of the Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University.
  • Subject Keywords: Permanent Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Creator Details: Dutch, 1544 - 1618
  • Accession Number: 61.3

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