(b. ca. 1478, Maubeuge, d. 1532, Middelburg)

The Holy Family

Oil on oak panel, 56 x 42 cm
Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao

In this condensed composition the young Virgin, sitting on a stone ledge, offers the Christ Child a white rose symbolizing her virginity and thus the miracle of Christ's birth. At the other side of the ledge an aged Joseph leans on his walking stick. Hand gestures and directional glances unite the figures in the composition filled with antique architectural elements.