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The Holy Family and Saint John the Baptist

The Holy Family and Saint John the Baptist

Technical details

  • Author José Vergara
  • Title The Holy Family and Saint John the Baptist
  • Timeline c. 1790-1798
  • Technique Oil on canvas


The Holy Family and Saint John the Baptist is an important work by the Valencian artist José Vergara, who was director of painting at the San Carlos Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Valencia. It is in the Neoclassical Academic style influenced by Mengs, both in composition and the treatment given to the figures of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, elegant and with restrained expression; in the long brushstrokes and polished finish of the paint; and in the balanced and somewhat cold colouring. The Infant Jesus lifts his mother's kerchief playfully, while an infant Saint John watches him, clasping his hands reverently. It is completed by references to Classical Antiquity through the crib and clay pot on the floor.

Location in the museum

You may find this artwork on  Floor 2 Goya Hall