Caravaggio 1573 – 1610

Flight into Egypt

oil on canvas (130 × 160 cm) — c. 1595 Museum Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome

Caravaggio biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:14

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An angel has warned Joseph about Herod's plans to have his newborn son killed. The Holy Family flees into Egypt; here they are shown resting. Their means of transport, a donkey, watches them from the background.

The music that Joseph holds in his hands was written by Noel Bauldewijn in honor of Mary: Quam pulchra es, How beautiful you are (based on a verse in the Song of Songs). The heavenly atmosphere is strengthened by the fact that the violin is played by an angel.

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