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The Flight into Egypt

A work made of pen and brown ink on dark cream laid paper, laid down on laid paper, with pen and ink and gold ruled lines.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pen and brown ink on dark cream laid paper, laid down on laid paper, with pen and ink and gold ruled lines.

Date:

c. 1540

Artist:

Domenico Campagnola
Italian, 1500–1564

About this artwork

This sheet illustrates the Holy Family fleeing from King Herod into Egypt, a biblical story from the Gospel of Matthew. Like most of Campagnola’s drawings, the story provides little more than a cover for his primary interest: landscape. While the palm tree left of center signals the story’s North African location, the dense woods and distant mountains
recall the artist’s native Italian countryside.

Campagnola played an important role in establishing landscape as a subject in European art and in the rise of drawings as collectible objects in and of themselves.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Domenico Campagnola

Title

The Flight into Egypt

Origin

Italy

Date

1540

Medium

Pen and brown ink on dark cream laid paper, laid down on laid paper, with pen and ink and gold ruled lines

Inscriptions

Signed, lower right, brown ink: “Campagnola”

Dimensions

187 × 250 mm (primary support); 241 × 302 mm (secondary support)

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.874

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