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Facsimile: Flight into Egypt

1910 print after 1753 etching
20th Century
11 3/8 in. x 15 in. (28.89 cm x 38.1 cm)

Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Italian, (1727–1804)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: Europe, Italy
Medium and Support: Facsimile Reproduction #157 of an etching, from the Reichsdruckerei on paper
Credit Line: Museum Purchase, Susan L. Mills Fund
Accession Number: 1938.241
This work is a facsimile reproduction of an etching by Venetian artist Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo. It is one in a series of 27 etchings entitled Picturesque Ideas on the Flight Into Egypt. In this particular piece, the artist recreates the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt from Bethlehem during King Herod’s reign over Judea. According to the apostle Matthew, following Jesus’s birth and a visit from the wise men, “an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him’ (Matthew, 2:13).” When he woke up from his dream Joseph listened to the angel and fled to Egypt with his wife and her newborn child. While Joseph, Mary, and Jesus remained in Egypt King Herod of Judea “put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men (Matthew, 2:16).” Following King Herod’s death Joseph, Mary, and Jesus left Egypt and settled in Nazareth in the region of Galilee.

--Adrienne Sigeti, December 2013

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Dimensions
  • Image Dimensions: 7 in. x 9 1/4 in. (17.78 cm x 23.5 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 11 3/8 x 15 in. (28.89 x 38.1 cm)

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