Artist Dosso Dossi, Italian, ca. 1479-1542
  • The Holy Family
Date ca. 1516
Medium oil on wood panel
Dimensions Unframed: 20 5/8 × 16 3/4 inches (52.4 × 42.5 cm)
Framed: 25 1/2 × 22 × 2 inches (64.8 × 55.9 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. Raymond Field
Accession Number 30.412
Department European Painting
Not On View
ca. 1929, collection of Baron Alexander Vay (Hungary);
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Field (Detroit, Michigan, USA);
1930-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Christmas Exhibition. Exh. cat., Grand Rapids Art Gallery. Grand Rapids, December 5- January 6, 1957.

Arslan, E. "Una Natività di Dosso Dossi," Commentari, vol. 8. October-December 1957, pp. 257-61, esp. p. 259.

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Paintings in the DIA: a checklist of the paintings acquired before June 1965. Detroit, 1965, p. 35 [dates picture to ca. 1510-20].

Gibbons, F. Dosso and Battista Dossi: court painters at Ferrara. Princeton, 1968, pp. 220, 231, no. 88.

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Humfrey, P. and M. Lucco. Dosso Dossi: court painter in Renaissance Ferrara. Exh. cat., Pinacoteca nazionale, Metropolitan Museum of Art, J. Paul Getty Museum. Ferrara, New York, Los Angeles, 1998, p. 104, (fig. 4) [cited in conjunction with cat. 7, Virgin and Child ("La Zingarella"; dates DIA picture to ca. 1515-16)].