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Claude Lorrain

French, 1604/5–1682

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.

Medium Oil on panel
Dimensions 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)
Object Number 1955.677
Acquisition Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1921
Status On View

Image Caption

Claude Lorrain, Rest on the Flight into Egypt, 1646, Oil on panel. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.677.


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.