Nicolas Poussin ( French, 1594-1665)
The poster is a reproduction of a masterpiece by French painter Nicolas Poussin, The Holy Family on the Steps, 1648. At the center, Mary presents the Christ child to the world. At the left, Saint Elizabeth leans forward to foretell his eventual death, while her son, John the Baptist, offers Jesus an apple, signifying humanity’s fall from grace in the garden of Eden. Saint Joseph, at the right, received new emphasis in the 1600s as an important model for men, especially fathers. His compass, a sign of his occupation as a carpenter, also symbolizes God the Father.
Size: 24" x 30"