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The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

Guido Reni
Italian, 1575–1642

The Holy Family

Etching, about 1620–30
Winthrop H. Perry Fund, 1921.21

While two child angels float above, sprinkling blossoms over the young Jesus, Mary sits, perhaps wearied by the child pulling at her clothing. Joseph appears to be resigned, seated behind a table, and poised over a book with head in hand—the classic pose of contemplative melancholy.