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Rest on the Flight into Egypt
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Rest on the Flight into Egypt

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Description Simple images of the Virgin and Child were often found in private homes as an inspiration to prayer and meditation. The Gospels tell us little of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod, though later legends describe the family stopping to rest and take nourishment. While the Virgin sits humbly on the ground and nurses her child, she is regally dressed, and angels hold a crown above her head in anticipation of her future role as Queen of Heaven. The columbines flowering in the foreground, an inn in the middle distance, and the wilderness through which the family has fled, depicted by overlapping hills receding to snowy peaks, reflect the new interest in the natural world among Antwerp painters at this time.
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Examinationchemical analysis; examined for technical study
12/31/1969Treatmentcoated; inpainted; lined; surface cleaned
4/29/1941Treatmentcleaned; coated; examined for condition; filled; inpainted; reconstructed; varnish removed or reduced
2/04/1977Treatmentloss compensation
  • Undercover Stories in Art. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
  • Salute to Belgium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1980.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1909, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, before 1909

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1515-1525 (Renaissance)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
15 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (40 x 28.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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