Holy Family

Charles I acquired this painting from the 4th Earl of Pembroke on 4 January 1638, in exchange for two miniature “limning” portraits of the King and Queen. Its attribution has since been changed from the Florentine Andrea del Sarto to the artist’s colleague Franciabigio. This work contributes to the theme of family and upbringing that is so evident from the room hang.

Van der Doort c.1639

Andrea del Sarto

Madonna and Child, Joseph near leaning on a hill with a staff

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 22, № 14
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
3ft 7in x 2ft 10in (109.2 x 86.4cm)
Philip Herbert 4th Earl Pembroke, Lord Chamberlain, on 4th January 1638
Gift / Exchange / Bought / Inherited: 
exchanged in return for the King and Queen's pictures (2) in miniature
Room description extended: 
Also called the Square Table Room
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 30
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51

Andrea del Sarto