On the run from Herod, the Holy Family rests on the street, in front of a crumbling brick wall. Exhausted, Joseph has fallen asleep while Mary breast-feeds her child. In its depiction of misery as well as dignity, and humble acceptance of a hard fate, Gentileschi combines Caravaggian realism with the aesthetic sense of his Tuscan homeland.
Caravaggio and Caravaggesque painting
138,5 cm × 216 cm
Framed: 157,5 cm × 236,5 cm × 6,5 cm
Inscribed at lower left: HORATIVS GENTILESHVS FECIT
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
Until 1648 Coll. Buckingham; 1685 Imperial Coll. Prague; 1783 documented in the gallery
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