A vast sacred conversation in the feminine with a dozen admirably attired saintly
martyrs gathered around the Virgin and Child. In the foreground, a fountain of life
and a floor of flowers denote a delightful garden setting. The triumphal arch,
a central and ostentatious piece of Renaissance architecture, reinforces the
significance of this saintly gathering in honour of the Holy Family; the architecture
"changes" to form a choir with the hymns of the angel musicians and singers that
surround it.


  • Title: The Virgin and Child with Saints
  • Creator: Hans Holbein, the Elder
  • Date Created: 16th century
  • Physical Dimensions: 192 cm x 137.5 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 1466 Pint
  • Medium: Oil on oak panel

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