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Perino del Vaga (Pietro Buonaccorsi) (Italian, Florence 1501–1547 Rome) The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, ca. 1524–26 Oil on wood; 34 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (88.3 x 65.1 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Acquisitions Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fisch, Denise and Andrew Saul, and Friends of European Paintings Gifts, Gwynne Andrews Fund, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill, Jon and Barbara Landau, Charles and Jessie Price, Hester Diamond, and Fern and George Wachter Gifts, 2011 (2011.26) http://www.metmuseum.org/Collections/search-the-collections/441227
"The Nativity" by French painter Noel Coypel features Mary, Joseph and angels in adoration of the Christ Child. The Christmas season begins with the Dec. 24 evening vigil commemorating the birth of Christ and ends with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord Jan. 9. (CNS/courtesy of Art Resource) (Nov. 21, 2011) EDITORS: For one-time editorial use only in print and online until Jan. 31, 2012. No use is permitted after Jan. 31, 2012.