Peter Paul Rubens and Studio
The Holy Family under an Apple Tree
Elizabeth kneels to support her praying son, John the Baptist, while his father Zacharias offers Jesus an apple branch. This act symbolizes Jesus’s role in Christian tradition as the savior, sacrificing himself to redeem humanity from Adam and Eve’s sin. Dynamic poses, sinuous curves, and bold contrasts of color are characteristics often associated with Rubens and his studio. This painting may have been completed by the artist’s students as a record of the composition of an earlier altarpiece.
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Dimensions||42 1/16 x 38 in. (106.9 x 96.5 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1955|
Peter Paul Rubens and Studio, The Holy Family under an Apple Tree, c. 1632, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.950.
Joseph Heintz the Elder
Konstanze von Habsburg, Archduchess of Central Austria, Later Queen of Poland