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The holy family rest on the way to Egypt, eating from the miraculous tree. Engraving after F. Barocci.

  • Barocci, Federigo, 1528-1612.
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Bible. N.T. Matthew 2.12-15. The story of the palm tree bending down at the will of the infant Christ to furnish the holy family with dates is told in chapters 20-1 of the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew. Here Joseph hands the fruit down to Christ; Mary is placing a cup into a spring. According to Louis Réau in 'Iconographie de l'art chrétien' (Paris 1957, vol. 2, pp. 278-9), the scene was understood as a depiction of paradise. In that case the handling of the fruit of the tree solely by the males of the family may be intended to echo Eve's disastrous handling of the tree of paradise


[Place of publication not identified] : LV excud.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving


Virgo quid hauris aquas? Nato ne datura petenti?/ Ach! Sitit, ut nostro pellet ab ore sitim./ Arboris ut fructus tibi dulces Christe videntur;/ Sic tua crux, mundo dulcia poma dabit./ Virginis et pueri custos, quin tecta subintras? Hospitio ne, orbis rector, in orbe caret? ...

Lettering note

Lettering continues: ...ruditione & probitate viro D. Joanni Leo servantiae ergo dedicatum. P. Barrotius pinxit. LV. excud.
Lettering printed in mirror-image. The lettering denoting the publisher, 'LV', is rather an L and V superimposed upon each other


Wellcome Library no. 22305i



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