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Full title Rest on the flight into Egypt
Artist Parmigianino
Artist dates 1503 - 1540
Date made 1523-4
Medium and support Oil on wood
Dimensions 37.5 × 42.2 cm
Acquisition credit On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Inventory number L1266
Location Not on display
Image copyright On loan from The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Collection Main Collection
Rest on the flight into Egypt

Unusually, the Holy Family is situated in front of a building in Classical style. The picture shows the young Parmigianino’s development of his innovative, fluid, sweeping approach to composition, even if still awkward in passages. It may once have been inserted into a larger work or piece of furniture.

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