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The flight into Egypt / PHL. - Public domain dedication image


The flight into Egypt / PHL. - Public domain dedication image



Print shows angels pulling a tree within the reach of the infant Jesus who rides in the lap of the Virgin Mary on a donkey. Joseph guides the donkey on the family's journey to Egypt.
Anonymous artist after Raphael.
Title from Graphic sampler / compiled by Renata V. Shaw, Prints and Photographs Division. Washington : Library of Congress, 1979, pp. 24-28.
Print originally part of Pembroke album, no. 3.
Graphic sampler, pp. 10-28

The Flight into Egypt is a biblical event in which Mary and Joseph, with the infant Jesus, fled to Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod, who was seeking to kill the baby Jesus. The event is described in the New Testament in the Gospel of Matthew. The scene usually depicts Mary and Joseph, on horseback or on foot, traveling through a barren landscape with the baby Jesus in Mary's arms. The scene is meant to symbolize the Holy Family's flight from danger and their trust in God to provide for them during their journey.





Raphael, 1483-1520, artist


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