The Rest on the Flight into Egypt with St. John the Baptist

Object Details

Title:

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt with St. John the Baptist

Artist/Maker(s):

Fra Bartolommeo (Baccio della Porta) (Italian, 1472 - 1517)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1509

Medium:

Oil on panel

Dimensions:

130.8 x 105.7 cm (51 1/2 x 41 5/8 in.)

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The Virgin Mary and Joseph convey a sense of calm as they rest on a golden late summer afternoon, watching as the Christ Child grasps the infant John the Baptist's reed cross. Fra Bartolommeo evokes Christ's Passion in a variety of ways in this painting. The palm tree on the left suggests the palm fronds that would pave Christ's final entry into Jerusalem, while the pomegranate, lying on the ground in front of Mary, is a symbol of his Resurrection. In the background on the right, Fra Bartolommeo represented the family fleeing Bethlehem to avoid King Herod's massacre of the innocents.

Provenance
possibly in 1512

Filippo Averardo Salviati

by 1779 - 1789

George Nassau Clavering-Cowper, third earl Cowper, 1738 - 1789 (Panshanger, Hertford, England; Florence, Italy), by inheritance to his second son, Peter Leopold Louis Francis Nassau Clavering-Cowper, 1789.

1789 - 1837

Peter Leopold Louis Francis Nassau Cowper, fifth earl Cowper, 1778 - 1837 (Panshanger, Hertford, England), by inheritance to his son, George Augustus Frederick Cowper, 1837.

1837 - 1856

George Augustus Frederick Cowper, sixth earl Cowper, 1806 - 1856 (Panshanger, Hertford, England), by inheritance to his son, Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, 1856.

1856 - 1905

Francis Thomas de Grey Cowper, seventh earl Cowper, 1834 - 1905 (Panshanger, Hertford, England; Wrest Park, Bedford, England), by inheritance to Lady Ethel Anne Priscilla Fane Grenfell Desborough, 1905.

1905 - 1952

Lady Ethel Anne Priscilla Fane Grenfell Desborough, 1867 - 1952 (Panshanger, Hertfordshire, England), by inheritance to Imogen Gage, 1952.

1952 - 1969

Imogen Gage, viscountess Gage, died 1969 (Firle Place, Lewes, East Sussex, England), upon her death, held in trust by the Trustees of the Firle Estate Settlement.

1969 - 1996

Trustees of the Firle Estate Settlement, sold through Deborah Gage Works of Art Ltd. (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1996.

Exhibitions
Art Treasures of the United Kingdom, Collected at Manchester in 1857 (May 5 to October 17, 1857) (Cat. 118)
  • Art Treasures Palace, (Manchester), May 5 to October 17, 1857
Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters (1881) (207)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1878
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1881
Exhibition of Old Masters in Aid of the National Art-Collections Fund (1911) (27, pl. XXII)
  • Grafton Gallery, (London), 1911
Italian Art and Britain (January 2 to March 6, 1960) (102; reproduced in the Illustrated Souvenir (formerly cited as no. 294. Corrected 9/15/06 ATW))
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), January 2 to March 6, 1960
Bibliography

Waagen, Gustav Friedrich. Treasures of Art in Great Britian: Being an Account of the Chief Collections of Paintings, Drawings, Sculptures, Illuminated Mss., &c., &c. 3 vols. (London: John Murray, 1854), vol. 2, p. 234.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 5, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 97, ill.

Zuffi, Stefano. Gospel Figures in Art. Thomas Michael Hartmann, trans. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2003), p. 113.

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