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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
  • Attributed to Giovan Battista Naldini (c. 1537 - 1591)
  • The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
  • Italy
  • late 1560's - 1570s
  • Painting
  • Oil on poplar panel
  • Image size: 44.2 x 31.3 cm
  • P553
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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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).