The Rest on the Return from Egypt

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The Rest on the Return from Egypt About 1540


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.


  • Acc. No. NG 2651
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 104.00 x 140.80 cm
  • Credit Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Gallery of Scotland, with a contribution from Gallery funds, 1996