Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Patel's landscape shows the impact on Paris taste of classical landscapes arriving from Rome. It was painted shortly after the arrival in Paris of works by the neo-classical artist Claude, which belonged to the Duc de Bouillon.

Patel probably never visited Italy, but here creates a version of the Roman Campagna. He uses the same framing trees and elegiac ruins popular with Claude's patrons. The Holy Family pause beside a derelict temple covered with picturesque antique bas-reliefs; behind them a vista opens between trees to a blue seascape.

Both of the Duc de Bouillon's Claudes ('Landscape with the Marriage of Isaace and Rebecca' and 'Seaport with the Embarkation of the Queen of Sheba') are now hanging in the National Gallery as part of the Turner Bequest.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1605 - 1676
Full title
Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
97.7 x 138 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1988
Inventory number
Location in Gallery