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The Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the Infant Baptist
Bourdon treated the subject of the Holy Family with Saint Elizabeth and the infant John the Baptist dozens of times in paintings, drawings, and several prints. The Snite Collection includes just such a painting 2006.042 by the artist. Most of his renditions are in a horizontal format, usually seen from a low vantage point and organized in a pyramidal composition. The Castel S. Angelo, shown in the background of the Snite drawing, appears in several other works by Bourdon, including a painting in the Thyssen Bornemisza Collection and a print (Robert-Dumesnil I.157.3). No related work has been found for this sketch.
from Snay, The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the John D. Reilly Collection (Notre Dame, 2011)