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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

BACICCIO, Il (Giovanni Battista Gaulli) (1639 - 1709)

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Media: oil on canvas

Size: fr. 82.6 x 67.5 cm

Acquired: 1978; Purchase

Accession Number: NMW A 105

Following King Herod’s order to kill all boy children aged two and under, the Holy Family fled from Bethlehem to Egypt.  Here, Mary rests beneath a ruin with Christ in her arms. The broken statue is symbolic of the collapse of pagan gods at the coming of Christ.  Gaulli, also called il Baciccio, worked in Rome, where his fame led to seven commissions for portraits of popes.

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