MS M.399, fol. 170v

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Da Costa hours
Illuminated by Simon Bening (1483/84–1561)

Ghent, Belgium
ca. 1515
172 x 125 mm

Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), 1910

MS M.399, fol. 170v

Christ: Flight into Egypt—In a rocky landscape, the Virgin Mary, who has a rayed nimbus, is seated sideways on a bridled ass led by Joseph, who carries a sack on a stick over his shoulder. She carries a nimbed Christ Child, swaddled. They walk along a road leading to a building in front of which two men converse.
The scene is framed by a border with a landscape in which a man seated on the ground plays a flute. A dog lies beside him. In the distance and to the left, a road leads to a building.


Image courtesy of Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz/Austria.