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Oil Painting - Rest on the Flight into Egypt

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1947P5
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1615 - 1620

Maker Information

Artist:Orazio Gentileschi - View biography for Orazio Gentileschi


Gentileschi has treated the subject as if the Holy Family were ordinary Italian peasants. Joseph is old, haggard and exhausted. The Virgin is a young, well-built woman with grubby feet sitting uncomfortably on the floor of a ruined building as she feeds her toddler child. Jesus appears naked and vulnerable glancing furtively towards the viewer and we are reminded that this family are refugees escaping from Herod's death-threat.

Purchased, 1947.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:1756 mm
Width:2180 mm