(b. 1616, Montpellier, d. 1671, Paris)
The Holy Family with St Elizabeth and the Infant St John the Baptist1660s
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.