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Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, 1563 (oil on panel)

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Landscape with the Flight into Egypt, 1563 (oil on panel)
Bruegel, Pieter the Elder (c.1525-69) / Flemish
The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)
oil on panel
1563 AD (C16th AD)
37.1x55.6 cms

The story of the Holy Family fleeing persecution in Bethlehem is transposed to an imaginary Northern European landscape, above a river valley bordered by craggy peaks. The dramatic setting enhances the religious narrative. The idol tumbling from its shrine in a pollarded willow (to the right of Mary) symbolises the defeat of paganism at the birth of Christ. Bruegel painted this for a major patron, Cardinal Perronot de Granvelle. It was later owned by the artist Peter Paul Rubens.

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