Joseph had been warned in a dream that Herod was searching for the Christ Child, so he took him and the Virgin to safety in Egypt. (Matthew 2:13-15).

Mola painted this subject several times. This painting is probably among the earliest of these treatments. A date in the early 1630s is likely. Stylistically the work shows the influence of Albani.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1612 - 1666
Full title
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Date made
about 1630-5
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
30.5 x 45.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number
NG160
Location in Gallery