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The Flight into Egypt

A work made of oil on panel.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on panel.


c. 1650


Abraham van Diepenbeeck
Flemish, 1596-1675

About this artwork

The flight into Egypt—a common subject in European art—refers to an episode in the life of Christ when his family fled King Herod, who sought to kill the infant Jesus. Abraham van Diepenbeeck made the theme his own by including an angel and the inquisitive cow at bottom right. This panel was not intended to be a finished painting; it is instead a grisaille (monochrome grey) oil sketch, which was then translated into an engraving. Collaborating with printmakers could be lucrative for painters while also providing an opportunity to advertise their artistry more widely.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Abraham Jansz. van Diepenbeeck


The Flight into Egypt


Flanders (Artist's nationality)




Oil on panel


43.8 × 31.8 cm (17 1/4 × 12 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Michael W. Straus in memory of Michael Straus

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