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Rest on the flight into Egypt
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17th Century
Rest on the flight into Egypt
[Riposo nella fuga in Egitto]
c 1640-50
Oil on canvas
122 x 144 cm  [HxW]
Galleria Nazionale di Arte Antica di Palazzo Barberini, Roma

Travelling to Egypt to escape the wrath of Herod, the Holy family is seen resting beside a stream. Joseph is in the background, and it may be Salome the midwife who gives cherries a fruit which alludes to Paradise, to baby Jesus while a shepherdess looks on. The distant obelisk and the sarcophagus may refer to their destination or more generally to the sacrifice of Christ.

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