BATONI, Pompeo
(b. 1708, Lucca, d. 1787, Roma)

Holy Family

c. 1760
Oil on canvas, 99 x 74 cm
Pinacoteca Capitolina, Rome

This delicate painting of the Holy Family merges references that seem to run through the whole of Italian art: it recalls Correggio and Parmigianino in the Virgin's pose, Raphael and Guido Reni in the classical composition, and early seventeenth-century Bolognese painting in the figure of St Joseph.