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.

  • title:
    The Rest on the Return from Egypt
  • accession number:
    NG 2651
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    About 1540
  • measurements:
    104.00 x 140.80 cm
  • 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

Paris Bordon

Paris Bordon