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Holy Family with St John the Baptist

circa 1578


Luca Cambiaso


18 Oct 1527 - 06 Sep 1585


Other Titles

The Holy Family with Joseph and the Infant St John by candlelight

The Holy Family and the Infant Saint John the Baptist by candlelight


circa 1578

Media category


Materials used

oil on canvas


118.2 x 108.0 cm stretcher; 139.5 x 128.5 x 5.0 cm frame

Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Gift of Mrs Dorothy Spry in memory of Charles Eckersley Forrest 1992


Not on display

Accession number


Artist information

Luca Cambiaso

Works in the collection


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history

The provenance of this work is under review and records will be updated as new details become available. The Gallery welcomes any information. Contact


Private Collection, Massachusetts/United States of America, sold Christie's New York, 15 January 1988 'Important paintings by old masters, lot no. 43, 'The Holy Family and the Infant Saint John the Baptist by candlelight'. Letter sent 8 April 2003 by Christie's London on behalf of the AGNSW to the wife of the USA private collector. No response from vendor.

Robert Jones Fine Art Ltd, London, London/England, dates unknown

Dorothy Spry, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Mrs Dorothy Spry 1992

Referenced in 3 publications


Edmund Capon, Great philanthropists on trial : the art of the bequest, 'The James Fairfax collection', Melbourne, 2006, pp 126–35: p 135.

Important paintings by old masters, New York, 15 Jan 1988, p 46, no 43, col illus p 46.

Art Gallery of New South Wales Annual Report 1992 [for the year ended 30 June 1992], Sydney, 1992, p 67.