[Ansteorra-textiles] Slightly off-topic

sscott@datuma.com sscott at datuma.com
Fri Jun 20 08:10:39 PDT 2003

I am trying to track down a copy of a painting I saw in a book 
several years ago.  It has a woman drop spinning in it, so I was 
hoping that someone on this list might recognize a description.

It's from around 1500 and is called "The Holy Family," but it 
actually depicts a carpenter and his wife and child.  He is on the 
left-hand side of the picture, using a handplane at a workbench.  He 
is wearing sky blue with something red (maybe a hat or hose; as I 
said, it's been several years, and at the time I wasn't paying any 
attention to the man's clothes).  His wife is standing to the right, 
wearing a russet-brown dress with black cuffs and an apron.  She is 
using a drop spindle.  The child is crawling around on the floor 
collecting wood shavings in a basket.  

Does this sound familiar to anyone?  I have searched the internet, 
but without an artist's name, it's a little difficult to find 
anything.  There are an awful lot of paintings called "The Holy 
Family" out there, and if the book was old, the name of the painting 
might have changed.  


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