The Holy Family with Three Hares

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The Holy Family with Three Hares
The Holy Family with Three Hares - Albrecht Dürer c. 1496.jpg
ArtistAlbrecht Dürer
Yearc. 1496
Dimensions38.6 cm × 28 cm (15.2 in × 11 in)

The Holy Family with Three Hares is a c. 1496 woodcut by German artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528). It depicts the Christian Holy Family of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus, in an enclosed garden, symbolizing Mary's virginity. The infant Jesus is reading from what is very probably a book of scripture, representing his close connection with the Word of God, not only because in Christianity he fulfills the Old Testament prophecy of a messiah, but also because in some Christian traditions Jesus has been described as the word of God.[1]


  1. ^ Catholic Church (2000). Catechism of the Catholic Church (2nd ed.). Vatican: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. p. Section 2, Paragraph 1.