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The Rest on the Flight into Egypt  1510

by Gerard David

The short biblical account of the Flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:13–14) was elaborated upon by Early Christian and medieval theologians. In one of these apocryphal legends, the weary family paused during their journey after three days of travel. The Virgin longed for food, but the date–palm branches were too high for Joseph to pick any fruit. Thereupon Jesus commanded the tree...
44.3 x 44.9 cm (17 7/16 x 17 11/16 in.)
Oil on panel
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington