The Miracle of the Palm Tree on the Flight to Egypt


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 305

This sculpture, probably from a retable (decoration behind an altar) depicting Jesus commanding the palm tree to bend down so that the Holy Family could eat its fruit, is based upon New Testament Apocrypha, episodes from the life of Jesus not recounted in the Gospels. The composition is derived from an engraving by Martin Schongauer, dated about 1476.

The Miracle of the Palm Tree on the Flight to Egypt, Walnut, gesso, paint, and gilding, Spanish

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