L. Dopter (publisher)
La Sainte Famille

Paris, 1890
A Catholic "Holy Card"
University of Dayton Libraries

Jesus as the Sacred Heart stands behind the family. Mary's own flaming heart is pierced by a sword as Simeon had prophesied in Luke 2:35. The lily stalk is Joseph's attribute. He is portrayed here as a vigorous young man, not the aging dotard of medieval representations, and it is he who holds the child. This more positive characterization began with Molanus's defense of his virility (269-73).

Read more about the Holy Family, St. Joseph, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

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