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Rest after the flight into Egypt with St Jerome
 
16th Century
Paris BORDONE
Rest after the flight into Egypt with St Jerome
[Riposo dopo la fuga in Egitto]
c.1550
Oil on canvas
83.8 x 99 cm  [HxW]
Simon Dickinson, Londra
 

Escaping the danger of Herod’s actions the Holy family fled to Egypt. The lion in the background indicates the exotic nature of the landscape. The penitent St Jerome in the foreground seems to see the Holy family as if in a vision and Joseph, by handing Jesus an apple, is referring to Christ’s calling as redeemer of mankind from original sin. The colour and landscape setting are reminiscent of Titian and Giogione respectively.

 
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