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THE HOLY FAMILY.
The Virgin seated near St. Elizabeth, has the infant Jesus in her lap; St. Joseph is dragging towards them a kind of gocart, formerly made use of to teach children to walk, and the Virgin is preparing to place in it young Jesus. To the left is a little dog; and to the right, two partridges and a duck.
This composition is remarkable for its simplicity: the draperies are well thrown, the heads full of expression and of a fine colouring. The figures are rather of a smaller size than life. It is erroneously that some persons have attributed, this composition to Raphael, since, on the stone upon which St. Elizabeth is resting, the name of the author is seen traced thus, F. ANDRÉ sart s.
This picture belonged to the Duke of Modena; it is now in the Dresden gallery, and has been engraved by P. E. Moitte. Width, 7 feet 5 inches; height, 5 feet 6 inches.