The Flight into Egypt, Martin Schongauer
Martin Schongauer
The Flight into Egypt
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Martin Schongauer

The Flight into Egypt, ca. 1470

From the ‘Life of Mary’


Blatt
257 x 172 mm
Darstellung
254 x 169 mm
Physical Description
Kupferstich
Inventory Number
33709
Object Number
33709 D
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

Texts

About the Work

As told in the Nativity of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, Herod the Great ordered all newborn boys in Bethlehem killed when he learned of the advent of a ‘king’. The Holy Family have been warned in time and flee to Egypt. On their way, angels bend a date tree down so that Joseph can pick its fruit. The arcade-like shape of the trunk links this scene to the two previous ones (33706, 33708, 36114). Schongauer could well have seen the subtropic dragon tree in the left foreground on travels in southern Spain.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The Flight into Egypt
From the ‘Life of Mary’
Artist
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Kupferstich
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Monogrammiert in der Platte unten mittig: M+S [S punziert]
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten (mit Bleistift): 2 / 18/300
Verso unten links Stempel des Städelschen Kunstinstituts, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2356), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
Watermark
  • Kleiner Ochsenkopf mit Stange und Stern
Work Catalogues
  • Hollstein German XLIX.29.7
  • TIB Bd. 8 Commentary, Nr. 0801.007
  • Lehrs V.62.7
  • Bartsch VI.123.7

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Departement
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849

Work Content

Iconclass

Primary
  • 73B641 the flight into Egypt: Mary, Joseph, the child (and sometimes others) on their way; Mary usually riding on an ass
  • 73B8 Holy Family, and derived representations
  • 73B birth and youth of Christ

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19.02.2024