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Piola, Domenico
The Holy Family The Holy Family
unknown date unknown date

Domenico Piola was Genoa’s leading 17th-century painter, and a prolific draftsman and printmaker, but most of his church and palace decorations were destroyed in 1684 when a French bombardment decimated the city. This elaborate, worked-up composition, full of undulating movement and strong lighting effects, may be a study for one such commission. In it, the Virgin gently lifts the newborn Jesus towards a hovering group of adoring putti playing music, while Joseph kneels piously nearby and two donkeys bray in unison with the heavenly host. The tender domesticity of the scene recalls similar compositions by Parmigianino and other Parmese artists, whose style was brought to Genoa through the work of Gregorio de’ Ferrari, who married Piola’s daughter in 1674.

 
Piola, Domenico
Genoa, Italy 1627-Genoa, Italy 1703 Genoa, Italy 1627-Genoa, Italy 1703
The Holy Family The Holy Family
unknown date unknown date
pen and brown ink, brown wash over black chalk, within pen and brown ink framing lines, paper pen and brown ink, brown wash over black chalk, within pen and brown ink framing lines, paper
height / width: 28.00 x 16.50 cm; 11.02 x 6.49 in.
Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998 Gift of Bayside Lakeshore Properties Ltd., Montreal, 1998
41-018.41

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