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The Flight into Egypt

Luca Giordano, one of the most celebrated painters in seventeenth-century Naples, was famed for a theatrical style characterized by dramatic color, lighting, and movement. This scene of the Flight into Egypt depicts the Holy Family boarding a boat to cross a body of water. While artists typically portrayed the family traveling with a donkey or at rest, images of their travels by boat gained popularity in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The painting may date to the period around 1670 when Giordano was working in Venice; the incorporation of water into this subject may have appealed to a patron in that canal-filled city.

Luca Giordano
Italian, 1634–1705
The Flight into Egypt
ca. 1670
Oil on canvas
61 7/8 x 90 ¾ in. (157.2 x 230.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. Nicholas Acquavella, 75.123