Inventory number
P02643
Author
David, Gérard
Title
Rest on the Flight from Egypt
Chronology
Ca. 1515
Technique
Oil
Support
Panel
Dimensions
60 cm x 39 cm
School
Flemish
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Legacy of Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916

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.

 
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