Saturday, June 3, 2017

Flight into Egypt (c. 1595)




Flight into Egypt (c. 1595)
Caravaggio 1573 – 1610
oil on canvas (130 × 160 cm) — c. 1595
Matthew 2:14 - When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
An angel has warned Joseph about Herod's plans to have his newborn son killed. The Holy Family flees into Egypt; here they are shown resting. Their means of transport, a donkey, watches them from the background.

The music that Joseph holds in his hands was written by Noel Bauldewijn in honor of Mary: Quam pulchra es, How beautiful you are (based on a verse in the Song of Songs). The heavenly atmosphere is strengthened by the fact that the violin is played by an angel.
>>>> Flight into Egypt

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