BOURDON, Sébastien
(b. 1616, Montpellier, d. 1671, Paris)

The Holy Family with St Elizabeth and the Infant St John the Baptist

Oil on canvas, 39 x 50 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

The Holy Family is portrayed in an imaginary landscape surrounded by angels and cherubim. The classicist and idealized treatment of the scene reflects the idealist tendency which developed in France at the hand of Poussin and which remained widespread throughout the 18th century.