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The Holy Family and Saint John plaquette
  • Italy
  • The Holy Family and Saint John plaquette, early 1700s
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • bronze, gilding
  • Object Diameter: 12.7 cm
    Object Diameter: 5 in
  • Museum purchase
  • Not on display
  • 1954.0147

Fire-gilt bronze plaquette with four full length figures in relief. Full length seated male figure (Saint Joseph?) with receding hair, beard, and mustache holding a book in his right hand. Full-length reclining female figure (identified as the Virgin Mary/Madonna) holding a nude infant (identified as Jesus Christ) up to her face in her left hand. Her right hand is touching the back of a small boy (identified as Saint John the Baptist) who has a staff with a cross at the top laying in the foreground near him. A wall with foliage is in the background in the top left quadrant.