An image of The Holy Family with St Catherine, St John and an angel

Jacques Bellange

(France circa 1575 – 1616)

The Holy Family with St Catherine, St John and an angel

Location
Not on display
Further information

Bellange was the first significant figure to practice etching in France, spending most of his career as court painter to the Dukes of Lorraine at Nancy. Only few paintings can be attributed to him but his Mannerist etchings have preserved his name for posterity. The figures in this group are attenuated in proportion and twisted in posture. St Catherine of Alexandria, dressed as an oriental princess, holds the spiked wheel of her martyrdom while gazing at the Christ Child. St John the Evangelist is shown with his attribute of a chalice with a small dragon emerging from it.

Year
1612-1616
Media
Print
Medium
etching and engraving
Dimensions
26.6 x 18.5 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.c., [incised plate] "Bellange". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1976
Accession number
225.1976