Holy House of Loreto
16.8 cm x 11.5 cm (6 5/8 in. x 4 1/2 in.)
Copy after Marcantonio Raimondi
(active Argini, near Bologna, ca. 1480 - ca. 1534, Bologna)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Jonathan Bober, 1989
The Holy House of Loreto was another popular pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages. It was commonly believed that the Holy House was where the Virgin Mary lived and raised Jesus. Originally situated in Nazareth, it is purported that angels moved the house multiple times to safer ground when it was threatened by war or theft.