Title: Holy Family
Artist: El Greco
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 106 x 87 cm
Location: The Hispanic Society of
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord they represented the Holy Family.
Veneration of the Holy Family was formally begun in the 17th century by Mgr François de Laval (30 April 1623 – 6 May 1708), the first Roman Catholic bishop of New France and one of the most influential men of his day. The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII in 1893, and is now observed the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, that is between Christmas and New Year's Day, or when there is no Sunday within the Octave (if both Christmas Day and New Year's Day are Sundays), it is held on 30 December, a Friday in such years.
It was only after El Greco moved to
El Greco (1541, Candia - 1614,