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Holy Family at Work
  • Karl Müller
    born: Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse (present-day Germany) ; died: Neuenahr, Germany
  • Holy Family at Work, 1866
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • oil on canvas
  • Canvas/Support: round 62 x 62 cm
    Canvas/Support: round 24 3/8 x 24 3/8 in
    Frame Dimensions: 92.7 x 92.7 cm
    Frame Dimensions: 36 1/2 x 36 1/2 in
  • Museum purchase: State funds and Patrons and Benefactors Fund
  • Not on display
  • 1972.0265
Label Text

Woman (Mary) wearing a blue robe seated on left with book open on her lap. Young boy (Jesus) in center holding staff, draped in red cloth, and pointing to himself. Young boy (St. John) seated at Jesus' feet. Male figure (Joseph) on right with woodworking tools. In the bottom of the painting is a grassy area with birds, a lizard and an insect. In the background is a town and two figures walking up a path.