The Holy Family is placed beneath an open sky with a bit of freshly fallen snow covering the ground. It is night, but the darkness is illuminated by many mysterious sources of light. Music-making angels have descended everywhere, and a beam of light emanates from each of them. But they are outshone by far by the wonderful radiance of the newly born child. With its mixture of the atmospheric and the dramatic, the decay and growth of nature, and of light and colour, this picture is a characteristic work of the Danube school.
44,5 cm × 36,1 cm × 2,2 cm
Framed: 58 cm × 47,5 cm × 3,5 cm
Inscribed on the cot with the monogram
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1781 documented in the gallery
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