the holy family with st. john the baptist

The Holy Family with the Young St John the Baptist. Bartolomeo Schedoni (Italian, 1578-1615). Oil on panel. The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

The Child guides the hand of St John in a tender domestic scene that also contains a clear religious message. Schedoni made a specialty of this type of intimate devotional picture for private clients. Here his interest in the art of Ludovico Carracci is apparent.