The Flight into Egypt, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1654

The Flight into Egypt, Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, 1654

etching, h 95mm × w 144mm. More details

The cropping of this Flight into Egypt is unusual: the donkey’s lower legs and Joseph’s feet fall outside of the picture plane. Because of this it has traditionally been assumed that they are wading through a brook. The shadows falling on Mary and Jesus consist of parallel lines, with much white between them. As a result, mother and child stand out somewhat against the densely shaded background.

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