Riposo nella fuga in Egitto (c.1626-1628)

Gentileschi, Orazio (1563-1639)

Riposo nella fuga in Egitto (Rest on the Flight into Egypt)
Oil on canvas, 138.5 × 216 cm
Kunsthistorisches MuseumVienna

Inscribed at lower left: HORATIVS GENTILESHVS FECIT

On the run from Herod, the Holy Family rests on the street, in front of a crumbling brick wall. Exhausted, Joseph has fallen asleep while Mary breast-feeds her child. In its depiction of misery as well as dignity, and humble acceptance of a hard fate, Gentileschi combines Caravaggian realism with the aesthetic sense of his Tuscan homeland. (KHM)