TURA, Giovanni Francesco
(b. ca. 1485, Mantova, d. ca. 1546, Mantova)

Holy Family in a Wooded River Landscape

Oil on panel, 50 x 39 cm
Private collection

This tender depiction of the Holy Family in a wooded river landscape with ships and a castle across the river beyond was formerly published as the work of Correggio.

Despite all the variety of artistic references, Tura's overall painting manner remains distinctly Mantuan in style. The artist often employed curious iconography, exemplified in the far background of this painting, where smoke rises from a ship aflame among the vessels in the harbour on the city's shore.