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Sir Peter Paul Rubens (Siegen 1577 - Antwerp 1640)

The Holy Family with Saint Francis 1620-30

RCIN 407674

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It is possible to see in this magnificent work the qualities admired by Georgian collectors, particularly in the sculptural and idealised figure group, loosely borrowed from Raphael. We can also see those qualities which appealed to anti-academic artists: a vivid evocation of flesh and blood and of atmospheric light which seems to permeate the entire composition. Acquired in 1723 by George I, who also commissioned the William Kent frame Cat. 137