Mary and Joseph walk to Egypt with the infant Jesus. Engraving by N. Pitau, 1666, after S. François.
- François, Simon, 1606-1671.
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The holy family travel on foot as opposed to with the help of an ass; this illustrates the quotation from St. Bernard's sermons in which Mary's carrying of Christ in the womb is balanced with Joseph's supposed bearing of him on his back on the voyage to Egypt. Behind them, a statue has fallen from its shelf in a tree trunk: this is an allusion to the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew (chapter 23) in which the infant Jesus causes the idols in an Egyptian temple to tumble and break
Bible. N.T. Matthew 2.12-15. Joseph is warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt; thus they avoid Herod's massacre of the holy innocents (Matthew 2.16)
- Infants in the Bible
- Voyages and travels
- Idols and images
- Christianity and other religions |Egyptian
- Married people in the Bible
- Childbirth |Religious aspects
- Lifting and carrying
- Egypt |In the Bible
- Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint.
- Joseph, Saint.
- Jesus Christ |Flight into Egypt.