During the early 1700s, Roman artists returned to fundamental Christian subjects, especially those focused on the Christ child. This work presents the Holy Family with Christ’s maternal grandparents and baby cousin, John the Baptist, stressing the importance of family relationships. Saints Anne and Joachim hold books, probably representing the Old Testament, reinforcing Christianity’s connection to the older Hebrew tradition. Trevisani’s tender visual language also looks explicitly back to Guido Reni, whose graceful approach to religious art remained immensely inspirational throughout the century.
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