The Flight into Egypt

Mary, Joseph and Jesus are shown travelling to Egypt. In the background are shown the Miracles of the Corn and of the Statue (legends associated with the Flight into Egypt). In the first, corn sprang up miraculously overnight so labourers could tell soldiers looking for the family that they had passed by before the corn had grown, and so mislead them into thinking this was long ago. Statues of pagan idols were said to have fallen as the Holy Family passed by. The Massacre of the Innocents is also shown, from which the Holy Family preserved the infant Jesus by their escape to Egypt.

This panel and 'The Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Elizabeth', by the same workshop, are from the same altarpiece.

Key facts

Artist dates
active 1492; died after 1538
Full title
The Flight into Egypt
Date made
about 1516
Medium and support
Oil on oak
80.2 × 69.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Mrs Joseph H. Green, 1880
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Two Panels from an Altarpiece

Workshop of Goossen van der Weyden
about 1516
Workshop of the Master of 1518: 'The Visitation of the Virgin to Saint Elizabeth'