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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

ca. 1520-1530
22 15/16 x 32 7/16 in. (58.3 x 82.4 cm)

Joachim Patinir
Flanders (ca. 1480 - before 1524)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on wood panel, transferred to masonite
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
Accession Number: 1994.23
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Location: Not currently on view

According to the New Testament Gospel of Matthew, King Herod, ruler of Judea, or ancient Palestine, ordered the infant Christ killed upon hearing of his birth. Warned by an angel in a dream of the danger, Joseph fled into Egypt with Mary and the baby. In this painting, Mary nurses Christ while Joseph tends their donkey in a lush landscape modeled on those local to the artist rather than the desert the Holy Family actually crossed. This scene was a particular favorite of the artist Joachim Patinir, who specialized in depicting semi-imaginary landscapes with meandering rivers and soft, protruding cliffs and rock arches.

[Gallery label text, June 2013]

Fritz August von Kaulbach, Munich; his sale, October 29-30, 1929, lot 192; purchased at that sale by Dr. Siegfried J. Thannhauser, Brookline, MA; private collection, East Hampton, NY; their gift to the Gallery in 1994

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