Composition in tones rose, red, ochre, yellow, blue, green, earthy, white and gray. Smooth and rough texture and some marked brushstrokes. Child Jesus between St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary in arid lanscape looking up the hill background. To the left of center of the composition, Baby Jesus, standing, facing. Has the halo around the head, hair short and curly blond, round face, blue eyes, small nose and lips closed. Open arms in hand with St. Joseph, on the left and Mary, on the right. wears wears long sleeve ruffled at the height of the legs in shades of ochre and gray lists of brown, with green band at the waist. On the left, St. Joseph, standing in front with 3/4 head turned to the right, the halo around the head, wavy brown hair shoulder length, broad forehead, sunken eyes, slightly hooked nose, beard and mustache. Have folded on the right arm with hand on his chest and on the left holding down the on the right hand of Jesus. wears tunic in yellow and ochre, long cloak in shades of red with green inner face and sandals with straps passing through his fingers. On the right, the Virgin Mary, standing in front turned slightly to the left. It halo around the head is covered with a blue mantle and the inner face yellow ochre, falling halfway the legs. Wears long tunic furrowed in ochre tone, yellow and white sandals with straps through his fingers. Ground with tracks in parallel perspective in shades of rose, stones and stylized vegetation tufts. The hill and blue sky background.


  • Title: The Holy Family
  • Date: 1952
  • Location Created: Brodowski, São Paulo, Brasil
  • Physical Dimensions: w158 x h137cm without frame
  • Provenance: João Candido Portinari
  • Rights: João Candido Portinari
  • External Link: Projeto Portinari
  • Theme: religious:Jesus:Boy, religious:Our Lady, religious:The Holy Family, religious:Saints:Saint Joseph, Nature:landscape:field, human figure:child:boy, human figure:man, human figure:woman
  • Technique: oil
  • Signature: Unsigned and undated
  • Painter: Candido Portinari
  • Number: FCO 2777
  • Function: Work executed to decorate the Church of Lord Jesus of the Cane, Batatais, SP.
  • Catalogue Raisonné: CR-3159

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