The Canigiani Holy Family, um 1505/1506
Pappelholz (Populus sp.), 131 x 107 cm
1691 als Geschenk des Großherzogs Cosimo III. von Toskana an Johann Wilhelm von der Pfalz.
Inv. Nr. 476
The Canigiani Holy Family
The figures of the Holy Family have been placed in a rather formal pyramidal composition, in contrast to the informality within the scene, expressed in the glances and interrelations that are developed between the individuals and that strongly bolster the composition. The exacting observation of interpersonal behavior gives the painting its natural feel, in spite of its somewhat rigid outward appearance. The groups of angels, which were over-painted in the late 18th century and restored in 1983, are important for the balance of the entire composition.