Saint Joseph Embracing the Infant Christ

Giovanni Battista Gaulli, called Il Baciccio (Italian, 1639-1709)
c. 1670-75
Oil on canvas 
50-1/4 x 38-1/8 in. (127.6 x 96.8 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

Saint Joseph Embracing the Infant Christ provides a characteristic example of Baciccio's style of easel painting, which is vigorously Baroque in design and conception. The dynamic folds of drapery which envelop the figures are profoundly influenced by the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Baciccio's native Genoese traditions are evident in the dark background, the use of highly saturated, warm colors and the broad, painterly handling.


Cardinal Rasponi Nobili di Ravenna (1615–1675).
Cardinal Giuseppe Renato Imperiali, by 14 February 1737, and by descent to;
Michele Imperiali (1667–1738);
Marchese Lorenzo Imperiali Francavilla, Naples, sold through;
[Gaetano Giardiello, Naples, 1831 to];
Robert Townley-Parker (1793-1879), Cuerden Hall and Astley, Lancashire, by descent to;
Captain Robert Townley-Parker (d. 1894);
Thomas Townley-Parker (d. 1906);
Reginald Arthur Tatton (1857-1926), Cuerden Hall, Lancashire, by descent to his son;
Captain Thomas Arthur Tatton, Cuerden Hall, Lancashire (sale, London, Christie’s, 28 February 1947, no. 75, as Guido Reni, to);
[Olivero Tradardi, Stockholm and Rome, by 1972, consigned to;]
[Heim Gallery, London, sold with Tradardi 1973 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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