A Loving Father

Though the Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia is filled with many wonders, I think the most wonderful is this simple painting by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. And the subject is not all that common – the normal devotional painting is Madonna with Child but here the infant Christ is held by his Earthly father San Giuseppe (Saint Joseph).


It was executed in 1623 for the chapel of the Palazzo and is one of Bernini’s rare paintings. And it is the only known work actually signed by the artist. All religious significance aside I find it an incredible vision of paternal love.

11 lulgio – San Benedetto da Norcia

Author: Willym

A senior with the heart of a young'un

3 thoughts on “A Loving Father”

  1. Never been to Ariccia. Must go when we visit…you (don't worry, not imminent! But we will be sure to at least drop by for tea).

  2. Reblogged this on Willy Or Won't He and commented:

    Yesterday my friend Debra, over at She Who Seeks, posted a slightly tongue-in-cheek tribute to Saint Joseph, who is often overlooked in the carry-on at Christmas. I’ve always had a soft-spot for the good saint and on a trip to Ariccia discovered a lovely painting, a copy of which now figures amongst the art work in our home. In the spirit of the season I thought I’d share it once again.

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