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The Flight into Egypt

Trained in Dijon in the 1490s, Burgundian artist Felipe Vigarny settled in 1498 in the Spanish city of Burgos. In Spain, Vigarny became a specialist in the production of retablos, a type of altarpiece constructed from polychromed relief sculptures. The Eskenazi Museum of Art holds eight panels from a retablo produced by Vigarny in the early sixteenth century. At least two other panels from this retablo, which features scenes from the Life of the Virgin, are known to be in existence. Vigarny’s reliefs are particularly notable for their incorporation of painted landscape backgrounds, a device more common in Italian and Flemish painting of the era than in Spanish retablos.

Felipe Vigarny
Burgundian (active Spain), ca. 1475–1543
The Flight into Egypt
ca. 1515
Polychromed relief: tempera and gold leaf on wood
48 x 30 in. (121.9 x 76.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, William Lowe Bryan Memorial, 65.51