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Rest on the Flight into Egypt (David, New York)

Rest on the Flight into Egypt
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
ArtistGerard David Edit this on Wikidata
Yearc. 1515
MediumOil paint, panel
MovementEarly Netherlandish painting Edit this on Wikidata
Dimensions50.8 cm (20.0 in) × 43.2 cm (17.0 in)
LocationMetropolitan Museum of Art
CollectionMetropolitan Museum of Art Edit this on Wikidata
Accession No.49.7.21 Edit this on Wikidata
IdentifiersRKDimages ID: 43968
The Met object ID: 436101

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt is an oil painting of around 1515 by the Flemish painter Gerard David now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[1]


It can be compared with other works on the same theme by the same painter in Madrid, Washington, and Antwerp and a Virgin and Child in Rotterdam. The composition is near-identical to the Madrid and Washington examples, though the New York one shows an apple branch instead of a basket.

The Flight into Egypt derives from the Gospel of Matthew (II.13-18), though it does not mention a rest, which derives from apocryphal accounts. It was a popular theme for painters in many periods. David painted it on several occasions using different compositions,[2] possibly not as the result of commissions but simply painted to put on the open market. Many of them are near-identical but for a few small details. However, in all of them David focuses attention on the seated Virgin Mary breastfeeding the Christ Child, enthroned in front of a deep forest landscape background. In the far background there is usually a scene related to either the rest or to the journey to Egypt.


  1. ^ Mª Ángeles Piquero López. "El Descanso… del Museo del Prado" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  2. ^ "David, Rest on the Flight into Egypt". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 2017-06-14.
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