Flight into Egypt Holy Family ca. 1700
This excellent antique painting on oak plate depicts the Fight into Egypt. A wonderful depiction of the Holy Family. The child Jesus is sleeping on the nude breast of his mother. I think Mary was just nursing the child. Joseph of Nazareth looks his beloved son.
The flight into Egypt happened after the Three Kings Day. When the Magi came in search of Jesus, they go to Kind Herod in Jerusalem and ask where to find the newborn "King of the Jews". Herod was afraid that this child will threaten his throne, and seeks to kill him and initiates the Massacre of the Innocents in hopes of killing the child. But an angel appears to Joseph and warns Joseph to take Jesus and his mother into Egypt.
The painting is not signed. It is doubtless painted by a follower of Anthony (Anthonis) van Dyck (1599 – 1641). The similar painting of van Dyck , "Flight into Egypt" resides in the Munich Pinacoteca. Excellent condition. Some minuscule repaints and 2-3 painting loss. Wonderful age crazing.
Superb oak panel, hand brushed and carved.
Old frame – ca. 1850 - not the original one, in good condition.
Measurements: 11.6 x 13.8 inches (with frame), 8.6 x 10.8 inches (without).
Ready to hang!
Item ID: FLIGHT_EGYPT_6653DT
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