Titian 1487/90 – 1576

The Flight into Egypt

oil on canvas (206 × 336 cm) — c. 1508 Museum Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Titian biography

This work is linked to Matthew 2:14

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Mary rides on a donkey, her child on her lap. Joseph follows. The group is lead by a youth, perhaps the angel who according to tradition accompanied them.

This is a work by a young Titian, probably made in 1507 or 1508. It is obvious that the painter must have enjoyed depicting the landscape. It all looks happy and fresh.

Catherine the Great acquired this canvas in 1768 in Venice. It has recently been restored. This picture shows the state it was in before the restoration.

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