Holy Family in a Landscape

This work was executed early in Titian’s career while the artist came under the spell of the enigmatic Giorgione, a painter who delighted in fashioning landscapes of a sombre, poetic mood. It is today thought to be a product of Titian and his workshop. In the Sale inventory the painting is referred to as the “Egyptian Madonna”. This work was copied by Peter Oliver in miniature (limning). indicating it was one of the King's most cherished pictures

Van der Doort c.1639


Madonna and Christ with Joseph, leaning with his right hand on a hill, landscape with someone far off catching a horse in the fields, 3 half-life-size, full-length figures

Walpole Society reference (1960): 
WS 17, № 3
Measurements (Van der Doort): 
2ft 11in x 5ft 6in (88.9 x 167.6cm)
carved gilded wooden frame
Original Manuscript page number: 
MS. Ash. 1514, f. 21
Identification certainty: 
Sale Inventory c.1649-51