La Familia Sagrada
c. 1725
103" x 64"
Painting, Oil on canvas
Region: Cuzco, Peru
In this painting of the Holy Family, angels flank the Heavenly Father and Holy Spirit, looking down on Mary, Joseph and Christ, the Son. Saint Joseph holds a stem of lilies, symbolizing the purity of the Immaculate Conception. Veneration of the Holy Family dates back to 17th century by Saint Fran├žois de Laval (canonized in 2014 by Pope Francis I), the first bishop of New France, who founded the Confraternity of the Holy Family in 1665.