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The Flight into Egypt
Spitz Master (French, active about 1415 - 1425)
Paris, France (Place created)
Tempera colors, gold, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 20.2 x 14.9 cm (7 15/16 x 5 7/8 in.)
Within the fleshy fronds and fine sprays of leaves in the border, the illuminator shows the Miracle of the Wheat Field. The apocryphal legend recounts that after the Holy Family passed a worker sowing wheat in the fields as they fled to Egypt, the wheat miraculously grew to full term overnight. A short time later, when the pursuing soldiers asked the farmer if he had seen the Holy Family, he replied that they had passed by when he was sowing. The soldiers incorrectly assumed that the Holy Family had passed by months before and so gave up their search.
Ten Centuries of French Illumination (April 23 to July 7, 1996)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), April 23 to July 7, 1996, (Cat.)
French Manuscript Illumination of the Late Middle Ages (August 3 to September 26, 1999)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 3 to September 26, 1999, (Cat.)