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Title Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Alternative Title The Holy Family
Collection Watford Museum
Artist Attributed to school of Wtewael, Joachim Anthonisz (Dutch painter and draftsman, 1566-1638)
Previously attributed to Italian School
Date Earliest probably 1590
Date Latest about 1640
Description The Holy Family are shown under a group of trees on a bank. Saint Joseph rests his head on his left hand, while adoring the infant Christ, who is sitting on his mother's lap. Two angels with garlands fly above them. The colouring and elongated forms of the figures follows the late Mannerist style in which Wtewael worked. This composition, based on observation of natural detail and motifs invented by the artist, reflects the shift that was occurring in seventeenth-century painting, away from Mannerism towards more naturalistic representation.
Current Accession Number WATMC:2004.643
Subject religion (Rest on the flight into Egypt, Holy Family, angel); landscape; figure
Measurements 64.3 x 53.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by E. T. Burr 1930.
Publications Harwood, L. B., Paintings and Watercolour Drawings in the Watford Museum: A Catalogue of Selected Pictures, Watford, 1992, cat. no.158, pp. 107-8.
Notes Old labels on reverse, inscribed: 'M 204'; 'D 1'. The picture was previously entitled Holy Family, although the subject is probably the Rest on the Flight into Egypt.
Rights Owner Watford Museum
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings
 

 

 

 

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