Rest on the Flight into Egypt

An angel guides Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus on their flight from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape King Herod’s persecution. The figures are shown resting near a group of palm trees—an allusion to their destination. The French artist Claude Lorrain spent most of his life in Rome, painting idyllic landscapes adapted from views of the surrounding countryside. This is the only known panel painting by the artist to have survived.


Possibly painted for the artist's own collection; Clos collection; sale, Paris, November 18,1812, lot 10; to Lebrun, dealer; Henry Danby Seymour; by descent to Jane Margaret Seymour; Seymour sale, Christie's, London, 1920; Colnaghi's, London; acquired by Robert Sterling Clark in 1921.

Claude Lorrain

French, 1604/5–1682

Rest on the Flight into Egypt


Oil on panel

12 11/16 x 14 15/16 in. (32.2 x 38 cm) Frame: 19 3/4 x 22 1/8 x 2 3/8 in. (50.2 x 56.2 x 6 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1921