The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Gerard David Netherlandish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 605

This composition presents the Flight into Egypt as a continuous narrative. In a tiny background scene, the Holy Family emerges from the forest, en route to the contemporary Netherlandish town at the left. In the foreground Mary nurses her child in a moment of repose on their arduous journey, which the viewer is meant to follow visually. David achieved in this painting a remarkable balance of color and a serene sense of light and atmosphere. His awareness of Italian Renaissance conventions is evident in the pyramidal motif of the Virgin and Child and the use of chiaroscuro to convey the volume of the figures.

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Gerard David (Netherlandish, Oudewater ca. 1455–1523 Bruges), Oil on wood

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.