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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Mary suckles the infant Jesus as Joseph looks on. The rocky outdoor setting suggests that the scene is intended to illustrate the story of the Flight into Egypt, told in Saint Matthew’s Gospel (II, 13–15). Following a dream warning him of King Herod’s search for Jesus, Joseph led his young family into exile in Egypt. The picture is comparable to Naldini’s works of the late 1560s and 1570s. Comparable works include Naldini’s 'The Holy Family' (Florence, Accademia), and 'The Madonna and Child with Saints Andrew and Sebastian' (Granaiolo, Castelfiorentino, San Matteo).

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  • Date

    late 1560s–1570s

  • Medium

    oil on poplar panel

  • Measurements

    44.2 x 31.3 cm

  • Accession number


  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Sir Richard Wallace, 1872; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897


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