The theme of “Rest During the Flight” evoked by the mule that Joseph holds and the palms lend this evening scene a romantic tone. An original drawing of the child and a wide range of painted versions prove the direct link of this picture to Raphael, even if his assistants may have carried out – or assisted in carrying out – this one in Vienna.
Italian, middle Italian
154,5 cm × 114 cm
Framed: 177 cm × 136,3 cm × 11,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Guidobaldo II, Duke of Urbino; 1565 Coll. Carlo Borromeo; 1584 sold to the Church of S. Maria presso San Celso, Milan; acquired in 1779
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