Two angels bring fruits to the Holy Family resting on the flight into Egypt. The fruits allude to the salvation: the apples stand for the Fall, the grapes for the sacrifice of Christ to redeem humanity. Whereas Leu integrates the Holy Family into nature on the left edge of the painting, the central figures of the angels fill the foreground like a planar ornament with no depth.


  • Title: The Holy Family with Two Angels
  • Creator: Hans Leu the Younger
  • Date Created: 1521
  • Physical Dimensions: 28 × 20.2 cm
  • Technique and Material: Pen, black ink, wash, white highlights on brown prepared paper
  • Provenance: Major Collection, acquired in 1897
  • Museum: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett
  • Inv.-No.: KdZ 4066
  • ISIL-No.: DE-MUS-018511
  • External Link: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/kupferstichkabinett/home.html
  • Copyright: Photo © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett/ Jörg P. Anders; Text © Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, A Cooperation of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, and the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen München, Catalogue of the Exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nov 20, 2016 – March 26, 2017, Munich: Prestel, 2016; cat. no. 80 / Nadine Söll
  • Catalogue: https://prestelpublishing.randomhouse.de/book/Renaissance-and-Reformation/Stephanie-Buck/Prestel-com/e504919.rhd
  • Artist Dates: c. 1490 Zurich–1531 Menzingen, Switzerland
  • Artist Biography: His travels as a journeyman in southern Germany brought Leu, the son of the painter Hans Leu the Elder, in contact with works by Albrecht Dürer and above all Albrecht Altdorfer. Leu probably worked briefly in the workshop of Hans Baldung Grien. From 1514 he was back in Zurich, and he received a number of commissions from churches as a painter and designer of stained glass. His powerful interest in landscape accounts for the appeal of his works.

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