Sunday, December 19, 2021

Picturing Mary: Day 19

 The rest on the flight into Egypt: Gerard David 1460-1523

This picture, inspired by the story in Matthew’s Gospel of the Holy Family’s journey to Egypt, where they took refuge from Herod’s murderous hatred. Ancient legends said that a date palm on the way, whose fruit was too high to pick, bent down so the family could feed. In this story, the date tree is replaced by a chestnut, whose fruit Joseph is trying to reach.  

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