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Rest on the Flight to Egypt

around 1626/28, Artist: Orazio Lomi Gentileschi



Rest on the Flight to Egypt

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.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Saal VI

Object data

Object Name



Caravaggio and Caravaggesque painting


around 1626/28


Orazio Lomi Gentileschi (1563 Pisa - 1639 London) - GND




138,5 cm × 216 cm
Framed: 157,5 cm × 236,5 cm × 6,5 cm


Inscribed at lower left: HORATIVS GENTILESHVS FECIT

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 180


Until 1648 Coll. Buckingham; 1685 Imperial Coll. Prague; 1783 documented in the gallery

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