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Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Follower of Joachim Patinir
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The Virgin, seated in a large landscape, is feeding the Christ Child; luggage is scattered around her. To the right, we see a grazing donkey and Saint Joseph with a pack and walking stick. The holy family here rest as they flee to Egypt, driven away by King Herod’s order to execute infants under the age of two. The massacre is taking place in the distant village. In the background on the left, soldiers ride through a cornfield and another three question a reaper and a child. Further to the right a man guides a horse pulling a chain harrow.

This picture is basically a pastiche with elements taken from various paintings by Joachim Patinir. Its painter had so wide a knowledge of Patinir’s repertoire that he was perhaps working during his lifetime, possibly in around 1518 to 1520. His styles of underdrawing and painting are very distinctive and it should be possible to identify other paintings by him.

Key facts
Artist Follower of Joachim Patinir
Artist dates active 1515; died not later than 1524
Full title Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Date made about 1518-20
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 33 × 49.7 cm
Acquisition credit Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number NG3115
Location in Gallery Not on display
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