About this artwork

This picture represents the Holy Family resting on their return journey to the Holy Land after their flight into Egypt, and includes the legendary episode of the first meeting of the infants Christ and St John the Baptist. Painted around 1550, the picture was highly praised in verse by the Venetian writer on art Marco Boschini (1660), when it belonged to the patrician Venier family. The striking panoramic landscape recurs in several other mature works by the artist.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Paris BordonItalian (1500 - 1571)
  • title:
    The Rest on the Return from Egypt
  • date created:
    About 1540
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    104.00 x 140.80 cm; Framed: 132.80 x 170.80 x 12.00 cm / 52.00 kg
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Gallery of Scotland, with a contribution from Gallery funds, 1996
  • accession number:
    NG 2651
  • gallery:
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Paris Bordon

Paris Bordon