Provenance: Coll. Paul D. Deutz, Rancho Santa Fe, California
The St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus is of exceptional quality: the clothing is rendered out of a real mosaic of mother-of-pearl, as the edges of each of the pieces making up the Infant and St. Joseph are a perfect fit for the ones that surround them. The way in which the composition has been executed in general suggests a dynamism inherent to this artform. One might almost say we are in the presence of a moving act that has been captured with great skill. The folds of the robe and clothes of the Divine Child, as well as the execution of the hands, in a noticeably Flemish style, combined with the composition of the landscape overall, flanked by leafy trees and a Medieval city with the dove of the Holy Spirit and some rocks in the foreground, make this scene from the life of St. Joseph and the Infant Jesus an undeniable testament to Christian piety and faith.