Description To escape Herod's persecution, Mary and Joseph fled with Jesus to Egypt. The subject of the rest on the flight to Egypt was developed in late medieval art and is not described in the New Testament. In this painting, the Holy Family rests in the shade of a tree. The Christ Child sleeps in the lap of the Virgin Mary, which prefigures her mourning of the dead Christ (the "Pietà"). Raphael was greatly admired during the 18th century for the sweetness of his figures, and Odazzi's style is influenced by that of the Renaissance master. For more information on this piece, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 331, p. 457.
- The Christmas Story in the Language of Art. The Washington County Museum, Hagerstown. 1950.
- The Life of Christ. The Washington County Museum, Hagerstown. 1951.
Provenance Wigram [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [see label on reverse]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Label] On reverse on paper label from a catalogue: CARLO MARATTI | 62. The Repose of the Holy Family from the | Collection...Wigram, Esq.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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