The Holy Kinship

The Holy Family

early 1550s
Giulio di Antonio Bonasone (Italian, active 1539–1574)

Catalogue Raisonné

Bartsch 068; Massari 123, indeterminate state; Illustrated Bartsch 68, indeterminate state (see Notes)


Sheet: 23.7 x 35.9 cm (9 5/16 x 14 1/8 in.) Platemark: 23.5 x 35.7 cm (9 1/4 x 14 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Engraving and etching

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings



Massari describes two states of this print, the second of which is simply described as “retouched.” Illustrated Bartsch describes three states of the print. In the first described state, the image extends beyond the borderline; in the second state, the parts of the image outside of the borderline have been removed; in the third state, the plate has been, without further explanation, “retouched.” The present impression, which shows the platemark all around, has no borderline.


Verso, lower center, stamped in brown ink, the mark of the MFA (Lugt 282)


June 9, 1959, purchases from Craddock & Barnard (dealers), London, by the MFA.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund