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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Pier Francesco Mola

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 Pier Francesco Mola
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 Not on display
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