WATTEAU, Jean-Antoine
(b. 1684, Valenciennes, d. 1721, Nogent-sur-Marne)

The Holy Family

Oil on canvas, 117 x 98 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Watteau's Holy Family is composed of flowing forms; the figures are set against a dark rocky ground to the left that serves as counterpoint to the blond infant gently bitten by the dove.