The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Le Repos pendant la fuite en Égypte
Orazio Gentileschi (1562-1639)
circa / vers 1628
Oil on canvas / Huile sur toile
Musée du Louvre, Paris | @museelouvre
🇬🇧🇺🇸 | No landscape to distract the eye.
As though to heighten the effect of the languishing bodies, the composition is built horizontally. The monumental figure of Mary in the foreground, with the brief vertical line of her bust and the horizontal of her left leg, is echoed in the construction of the walls behind her (short vertical, long horizontal). The groups are arranged on successive layers: the Virgin and Child precede Joseph, who lies on a large sack; a third plane composed of the wall with its growing vine opens onto a cloudscape in the background. The tight proximity of these different planes is such that this view of sky does little to alleviate it.
No landscape, as in the works of Domenichino, distracts the viewer's eye. From the right, a cold and level light - as though an intruder out of frame has just flung open a door - chisels these figures from the dark, creating a veritable group sculpture.
🇫🇷 | Nul paysage ne dissipe l'attention.
La composition, comme pour amplifier l'alanguissement des corps, s'appuie sur les horizontales. Au premier plan, la figure monumentale de Marie, avec la verticale courte de son buste et l'horizontale de sa jambe gauche, trouve un écho dans le dessin du mur (horizontale longue, verticale courte). Les groupes s'étagent sur des plans successifs. La Vierge à l'Enfant précède la figure de Joseph couché sur un gros sac. Immédiatement derrière, le mur sur lequel pousse une vigne constitue un troisième plan, laissant apparaître, au fond, un ciel nuageux. Les plans extrêmement rapprochés confinent un espace que l’ouverture sur le ciel n'arrive pas à aérer.
Ici, nul paysage ne vient dissiper l'attention du spectateur. De la droite, une lumière froide et rasante - comme si un intrus venait d'ouvrir une porte hors champ - cisèle les personnages, véritables groupes sculpturaux.
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(Attrib.) Jan Miel (aka Giovanni della Vite; Giovanni Miel; Cavalliere Giovanni Milo) (1599–1664)
Regarding the attribution of this print, the Curator of the British Museum advises:
“Although this print does not bear the artist's name, it was probably made by Jan Miel for stylistic reasons” (see BM No. 2006,U.534)
“Virgin and Christ Child seated against a rock”, c1640 (BM 1614–1664)
Etching on laid paper trimmed along the plate mark and lined with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 13.3 x 16.8 cm
Hollstein 5; Bartsch undescribed; Weigel 1843 undescribed; Dutuit 1881-5 undescribed
The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“The Holy Virgin with the Infant Christ seated against a rock to the left, trees in the background to the right; soiled plate”
Condition: crisp and well-printed impression with restored tip of the lower right corner, a small loss to the cloud at upper right, a dot stain above the Virgin’s foot and trimmed along the plate mark; otherwise the sheet is in very good condition for its age. The sheet is laid upon a support sheet of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.
I am selling this sensitively executed and exceptionally rare oldmaster etching—undoubtedly a lifetime impression based on the exhibited crisp lines revealing lack of wear to the plate—for AU$523 in total (currently US$405.55/EUR327.16/GBP285.87 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this ravishing beautiful and important print from the early 1600s, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
The Holy Family during the Flight into Egypt to escape the massacre of the innocents by king Herod.
Spent today at a large Catholic Pilgrimage Shrine near where I live. It was such a beautiful day, the misty rain, the overcast weather and the bitter cold air made it even more memorable. There was a rock-cut tomb with a life size image of Christ, laying in the Sepulchre. It was so moving to see and to kneel before. Sometimes I just feel so blessed that I found the Church, I feel as though a part of me that was missing is complete and that I have really found the meaning to life...
Another fantastic sketch by our resident artist @artbysarahdoherty! Meet @burrowsjayden playing the headless Saint Aphrodisius! Dont miss Jayden and a fantastic local cast bring "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" to @tcu_place May 30, 31! Tickets are limited at tcutickets.ca #yxearts#flightintoegypt
Happy Easter weekend! The Flight into Egypt of the Holy Family is commemorated by the Coptic Church of St. George in Old Cairo. Here Mary, Joseph & infant Jesus were safeguarded. "Take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word" (Matthew 2:13 ) #flightintoegypt#copticegypt
With Brancusi on the blog, here is another Romanian artist airing brilliantly between figuration and abstraction.
What Adrian Ghenie depicts here is the Syrian refugee crisis, retraced as the biblical story of The Flight into Egypt.
Anguished figures facing the horror of displacement reveal distorted faces borrowing on Francis Bacon’s technique. Identity is negated, brushed through widely and almost abstracted, echoing the terrorizing forces at work on the landscape of their escape. Chilling the bones, haunting the mind as the colors pin you down...
Rest During Flight into Egypt (2016).
Hmmm...so many great drawings...
My picks (favorites, all details) for @christiesinc Old Master Drawings sale, Jan 30 in NYC. Excellent sale put together by @furiorinaldi and team. 👏👏👏
In image order:
Lot 48 - Aureliano Milani- $3,000-5,000
Lot 38 - Andrea Sacchi - $15,000-20,000
Lot 50 - Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo - $600,000-1,000,000
Lot 54 - GIovanni Domenico Tiepolo - $70,000-100,000
Lot 62 German or Netherlandish - $2,000-3,000
Lot 80 Henry Fuseli - $100,000-150,000
Let us remember the plight of the immigrant and the refugee today. These desperate people, often fleeing violence and unrest in their homelands, or simply seeking better lives for themselves and their families, must not be made to feel as though they are not a part of the human family. We must welcome them with love and compassion, not turn them away. They are our brothers and sisters in humanity. May our hearts always be open to love. (🎨: “Flight Into Egypt”, by Annibale Carracci; oil on canvas, 1603-1604; Galleria Doria Pamphili, Rome) ❤️🕊#peaceforall#arthistory#historyofart#italianart#annibalecarracci#flightintoegypt#ourbrothersandsistersinhumanity#withrefugees @refugees @doctorswithoutborders
Abraham Genoels’ etching, “Rest in Egypt”, c.1680 (continued)
In earlier posts focused on Genoels’ etchings I proposed that his line work has the attribute of “openness” (i.e. he leaves quite large gaps between each line) and that he renders trees with rounded strokes resulting in the trees’ foliage having a rather “fluffy look.”
In this etching, I think my former proposals about his stylistic leanings are still valid—thank goodness! One feature of Genoels’ style that I have not commented on previously is his choice to feature remnants of a classical past. Here, I am not only referring to the curiously very pointed pyramids in the far distance, but also to the tomb/sarcophagus in the centre of the composition and the rubble of architectural bits in the immediate foreground.
Of course the featured pyramids were necessary additions to the scene as they locate the flight of the holy family to Egypt to escape the edict of King Herod to kill the male infants. The featured tomb, however, has less to do with the biblical narrative and a lot to do with the 17th century landscape tradition of crafting scenes with architectural references to antiquity.
Abraham Genoels (aka Archimedes; Abraham Genoels II; Abraham Genoel; A. G.) (1640–1723)
“Rest in Egypt” (Le Repos en Egypte) (TIB title), 1675–91.
Note that I have listed the pendent for this print executed by Felix Meyer (after Abraham Genoels) in the earlier post: http://www.printsandprinciples.com/2016/10/felix-meyers-etching-after-abraham.html
Etching on fine laid paper trimmed within the platemark and lined with a support sheet.
Size: (support-sheet) 30.7 x 33.4 cm; (sheet) 14.5 x19 cm
Condition: crisp and well-inked impression trimmed to the oval image borderline and re-margined on a support sheet. The sheet shows signs of use (i.e. it is slightly mottled in colouring and there is a spot on the upper left just within the borderline), but there are no tears, holes, folds or significant abrasions.
I am selling this luminous print for AU$208 (currently US$166.63/EUR135.98/GBP119.86 at the time of posting this listing). Postage for this print is extra and will be the actual/true cost.
If you are interested in purchasing this very rare etching by Genoels (mindful that all etchings by this highly sought after artist are rare), please contact me (email@example.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.
New acquisitions alert! The Allen recently acquired this 1910 painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), a major figure in American art and the first African-American artist to receive international recognition. The painting depicts the flight into Egypt, a journey undertaken by Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus to escape the “Murder of the Innocents” initiated by King Herod, who felt threatened by the birth of the “king of the Jews.” The subject is one that Tanner painted many times, informed in part by a trip he took to Palestine in the 1890s. Flight, exile, and persecution are themes that also resonate with Tanner’s own life story: after studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Eakins, Tanner began his career in Philadelphia but left for France to escape the racism he experienced all too frequently in America. He spent the rest of his life in Paris, where this work was painted. “Flight into Egypt” will go on view at the Allen for the first time this coming May—stay tuned! #henryossawatanner#africanamericanart#blackheritage#africanamericanartist#blackartist#blackart#exile#biblestory#flightintoegypt#nativity#lifeofchrist#babyjesus#allenartmuseum#oberlin#oberlincollege @pafacademy [Henry Ossawa Tanner, “Flight into Egypt,” ca. 1910. Allen Memorial Art Museum. R. T. Miller Jr. Fund.]
Arise! and take the Child and his mother and
fly into Egypt (Matthew 2:13).
Behold, Jesus is no sooner born than
He is persecuted unto death.
Herod is a figure of those miserable sinners who,
as soon as they see Jesus Christ born again in
their souls by the pardon of their sins,
persecute Him unto death by returning
to their sins, for they seek the Child
to destroy him.
Joseph immediately obeys the command
of the Angel, and gives notice of it
to his holy spouse.
He then takes the few tools that he can carry,
in order to make use of them in his trade,
and to be able in Egypt to support his poor
Mary at the same time puts together a little
bundle of clothes for the use of the holy Child;
and then she goes into her cell, kneels down
first before her Infant Son, kisses His feet,
and with tears of tenderness says to Him:
🌹O my Son and my God, hardly art Thou born
and come into the world to save men,
than these men seek Thee to put Thee to death!
She then takes Him; and the two holy spouses,
shedding tears as they go, at once set out
on their journey.
Let us consider the occupation of these holy
Pilgrims during their journey.
All their conversation is upon their
dear Jesus alone, on His patience and His love;
and thus they console each other in the midst
of the trials and sufferings of so long a journey.
Oh, how sweet it is to suffer at the sight
of Jesus suffering!
"O my soul," says St. Bonaventure,
"do thou also keep company with these three
poor holy Exiles, and have compassion on them
in the long, wearisome, and painful journey
which they are making. And beseech Mary that
she will give her divine Son to me to carry
in my heart."
Consider how much they must have suffered,
especially in those nights which they had to pass
in the desert of Egypt.
The bare earth serves them for a bed
in the cold open air.
The Infant weeps; Mary and Joseph shed tears
O Holy Faith! who would not weep at seeing
the Son of God become an Infant, poor and
forsaken, flying across a desert in order
to escape death?
St. Alphonsus Liguori
Flight to Egypt. 10 x10 framed. Headed for the Southport Gallery. Sandy and I saw many of these craft when we visited the Nile. For thousands of years they have travelled north with the north flowing current, sails folded then run south with the sails spread to catch the prevailing northerlies pushing them slowly against the current.
Joseph, depicted here in an Egyptian-made Flight into Egypt, is sometimes called the “unsung hero” of the Christmas story. (Can you think of a Christmas carol that mentions Joseph by name? Several do actually exist.) The Gospel of Matthew describes how Joseph was commanded in a dream to escape from Herod with Mary and Jesus to Egypt. Christians traditionally honor Joseph, the "foster-father" of Jesus, as the provider and protector of the Holy Family.
Learn more about Joseph in Glencairn Museum’s TWO CHRISTMAS EXHIBITIONS and our popular CHRISTMAS IN THE CASTLE tour this holiday season. #Christmas#nativityscene#joseph#flightintoegypt
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Painter Henry Ossawa Tanner was born on this day in 1859. In the mid-1890s Tanner decided to concentrate on biblical themes familiar from his childhood in a household headed by a Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Tanner developed an increasingly painterly, highly personal style based on empirical observation and inner vision. "Tanner blues," complex layers of glazes, and flat decorative surfaces are keynotes of many of his late canvases. "Flight into Egypt" depicts the Holy Family's clandestine evasion of King Herod's assassins (Matthew 2:12–14), Tanner's favorite biblical story. It expresses his sensitivity to issues of personal freedom, escape from persecution, and the migration of African Americans from the South to the North.
Henry Ossawa Tanner, Flight Into Egypt, 1923 (2001.402a). On view in Gallery 766. #metamericanwing#themet#metmuseum#tanner#henryossawatanner#otd#botd#hbd#flightintoegypt
"Pacification", egg tempera on panel, 14" x 10", 1985, private collection.
This is one of the first egg tempera paintings I made: one of a series of four (see #tl_fhjl ) related ironically to the weeks of Advent in the Christian liturgical calendar. This one is related to the theme of "peace". The painting is a modern day rendition of the "massacre of the innocents" and "the flight of the Holy Family": that harrowing side of the Christmas story. The painting adopts the strategy of late gothic paintings (like Geertgen Tot Sint Jan's "Legend of the Relics of St. John") of including various parts of a story in a single image:
- In the top left the angels appear to the shepherds: "Peace on Earth..." (Paz en la Tierra).
- Bottom left, the Holy Family escape through a window.
- Bottom right, soldiers massacre the babies.
- Upper right, the Holy Family flee the city.
In case it is lost on contemporary readers, at the time the painting was made (the mid-80s) there were some pretty brutal things happening in Central America... sometimes with the support of the USA. "Pacification" was a term used by some government to refer to a military policy that produced "peace" via genocide.
"Flight into Egypt" is a motif that Henry Ossawa Tanner returned to throughout his career. This important nocturne is one of his later interpretations of the subject, completed after his second trip to the holy land. This deeply moving scene is a highlight in today's auction of African-American Fine Art at 2:30pm.
So pleased!! Won this Faberge Egg called Flight into Egypt from a local online auction FB page!! $15!!!! Yup you read that right!! $15!!!! 😎 The details are incredible! Even inside the little doors that open are just as ornate on the inside as they are the outside! Love it!! #faberge#fabergeegg#flightintoegypt#beautifullydetailed