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The Rest on the Flight to Egypt: M.1-1939

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


The Rest on the Flight to Egypt


Sculptor: Algardi, Alessandro




Octagonal relief, of bronze, cast, chased and gilt.

Bronze, cast and chased in relief, and gilt. Octagonal. The Holy Family is shown resting in a landscape setting, the Virgin sits in the centre, about to wrap a cloth around the sleeping Christ Child on the left. The cloth, tied to a tree to the right, is held aloft behind Mary and the Christ Child by an angel looking reverently down on the sleeping baby. To the right, Joseph, sitting on bended knee under the tree, looks up from the book he is holding his left hand towards his wife and son.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Miss Alys Kingsley

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.3 cm
Width: 35.5 cm

Relative size of this object

35.5 cm29.3 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1939) by Kingsley, Alys


First half of 17th century
Circa 1600 CE - 1650 CE


Although there is no documentary evidence for Algardi being the author of this composition has so far emerged, the attribution is supported by strong stylistic evidence and the fact that an engraving after the relief by Edward Le Davis (c.1640-c.1684) is inscribed with Algardi as the author. One of Algardi's most popular designs, it is known in a number of variants and replicas. For further discussion, see Avery 2002, pp. 142-3.

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast and chased in relief, and gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1-1939
Primary reference Number: 13902
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1_1939
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 16 March 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 14 September 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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