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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
David, Gérard
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David, Gérard

Oudewater (Netherlands), 1450 - Bruges (Belgium), 1523

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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Ca. 1515. Oil on panel.
Not on display

Beginning with the prototype of the Virgin sitting on a throne, David develops a new subject with Mary and Jesus in a landscape, resting during their Flight from Egypt. This became a much-repeated subject. The influence of Renaissance art, especially Leonardo, is visible here, notably in the use of sfumato and the atmospheric variations of the background. It also appears in the placement of Mary in the center, creating a pyramid with her body, which stands out over the dark niche created by the trees. And just there, in the background on the right, we can see a tiny depiction of the Holy Family on its way to Egypt.

Technical data

Inventory number
David, Gérard
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Ca. 1515
Height: 60 cm; Width: 39 cm
Bequest of Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916

Bibliography +

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Haeck Dufey, Le theme du répos pendant la fuite en Egypte, Revue belge d'archéologie et d'histoire de l'art, 1980, pp. lám.4.

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Silva Maroto, Pilar, Pintura flamenca de los siglos XV y XVI: guía, Museo del Prado, Aldeasa, Madrid, 2001, pp. 104.

Gerard David y el paisaje flamenco, CONTEXTOS DE LA COLECCION PERMANENTES,15, Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2003, pp. 129.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 1391.

Exhibitions +

Museo del Prado 1819-2019. A place of memory
19.11.2018 - 10.03.2019

03.07.2007 - 07.10.2007

Gerard David y el paisaje flamenco
08.06.2004 - 22.08.2004

Displayed objects +


Update date: 25-10-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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