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Landscape with the Flight into Egypt

Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (ca. 1525-1569)

Landscape with the Flight into Egypt
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm


The story of the Holy Family fleeing persecution in Bethlehem is transposed to an imaginary Northern European landscape, above a river valley bordered by craggy peaks. The dramatic setting enhances the religious narrative. The idol tumbling from its shrine in a pollarded willow (to the right of Mary) symbolises the defeat of paganism at the birth of Christ. Bruegel painted this for a major patron, Cardinal Perronot de Granvelle. It was later owned by the artist Peter Paul Rubens.

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