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Peter Paul Rubens and Studio

Flemish, 1577–1640

The Holy Family under an Apple Tree

c. 1632

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)
Object Number 1955.950
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1955
Status Off View

Image Caption

Peter Paul Rubens and Studio, The Holy Family under an Apple Tree, c. 1632, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.950.

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