Flight into Egypt
Dating: 19th century (?)
Material: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions (cm): 89,9 x 107,7
Inv. no.: PDdep0011
This painting depicts the Biblical passage of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt – the final event of the Nativity of Jesus.
“[A]n angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up’, he said, ‘take the Child and His mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the Child to kill Him’. So he got up, took the Child and His mother during the night and left for Egypt”. (Matthew 2:13-14)
In this canvas one may see an Angel – on foot and barefoot – guiding a donkey by its reins, on which the Virgin is seated with the Child in her arms. They are followed by St. Joseph, barefoot, holding a pilgrim’s staff and looking back, fearful that they are being chased.
The landscape is composed of a deep blue sky with clouds. In it, one may see one of the Marian symbols: the moon. In the distance, there are green hills and, closer to the group, a clump of trees – symbolising the danger the family had gone through.