The Holy Family with Mary Magdalene and Infant Saint John
Title: The Holy Family with Mary Magdalene
Artist: Palma Vecchio
Work: Oil on panel
Work Date: 1520
Size：h87 x 17 cm. h34 1/4 w46in
Collection: Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Colour and light effects are as important to this painting as its subject.
The tones in the Virgin's robe, for example, fluctuate from dark to light red as the garment drapes over her knees. In contrast to this realistic depiction, the Virgin's face is idealized into a cherubic image.
These characteristics are deeply rooted in Venetian painting and follow the painterly tradition of Giorgione and Titian.
Like the older artist, Palma Vecchio specialized in the placement of a religious subject in an idyllic, pastoral setting. These often featured plump, sweet-faced blonde women, who became a hallmark of the artistic's style.
He was an accomplished portrait painter and also received a large number of ecclesiastical
commissions. These included several large altarpieces depicting the Virgin and Child surrounded by saint ( a composition called a sacra conversazione ). His most famous is the Santa Barbara alter in Santa Maria Formosa, Venice.
Words by Terrie Dai
About the artist
Palma il Vecchio (c. 1480 – 1528), was an Italian painter of the Venetian school born at Serina Alta near Bergamo. He is called Palma Vecchio in English ("Old Palma" - in Italian Palma il Vecchio) to distinguish him from Palma Giovane, his great-nephew.
尺寸：高87 x 寬17英寸
韦基奥 (1480-1528年) 帕尔马·伊尔·韦基奥的画属于威尼斯画派的风格范畴。他常常被稱為老帕爾馬。而另一個則是他的侄子帕爾馬 喬萬尼。