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Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Attributed To Nicolo Codazzi
Artist Viviano Codazzi (Italian, ca. 1604–1670)
Title Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Date Ca. 1647–1670
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions Framed: 56 1/16 × 41 3/8 × 2 1/8 in. (142.4 × 105.1 × 5.4 cm)
Overall: 52 3/16 x 36 1/2 in. (132.6 x 92.7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. Dale Cox in memory of Forest Dale Cox, A.B. Economics, 1924 (born Bloomington), and Arthur E. Middlehurst, B.S. Architecture, Cornell, 1919 (born Vincennes), Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 74.46

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About this Work

Beginning in the Renaissance, archaeological excavations of ancient sites in Italy inspired artists to begin portraying ancient ruins—sometimes quite fancifully—in their work. Roman painter Viviano Codazzi specialized in architectural themes. Towering ruins dominate this painting’s composition, and it is easy to overlook the Holy Family group, shown resting in the right foreground as they flee from Roman persecution. Nevertheless, Cardinal Flavio Chigi, one of Codazzi’s most important patrons, may have requested the inclusion of this biblical subject. A painting matching the description of this work appears on Chigi’s 1692 inventory.

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