The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

The Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Vincenzo Catena (Italian, c.1470-1531)
after 1510
Oil on panel 
overall: 32 x 43 in. (81.3 x 109.2 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

Like many artists from the Veneto, in North-Eastern Italy, Catena frequently portrayed The Holy Family seated in an extensive landscape. Such a setting provided the necessary context to their journey, while reflecting the growing taste among painters and patrons for imagery of the landscape. Here, the serene, idealized version of the Venetian landscape has equal weight with the genre-like figures: St. Joseph dozes quietly while the Madonna and Child provide the sole element of psychological interaction as they sit in mutual awareness. The painting is dated after 1510 when Catena’s forms became softer, more ample, and luminous. This change is likely due to the welcome influences of Giovanni Bellini and Titian.


Natale Schiavoni, Venice, before 1828, sold for 4650 florins to;
James Irvine by 1828, to;
Sir William Forbes Bt., by inheritance to;
Sir John Stuart Hepburn-Forbes, Bart., Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire (sale, London, Rainey, 2 June 1842 to);
Sir John Rushout, (d. 1859), 2nd Baron Northwick, Thirlestane House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (sale, London, Phillips, 26 July 1859, lot 1011, as Jan Bellini, The Reposo of the Holy Family in a Landscape, to);
J. C. W. Sawbridge-Erle-Drax, Olantigh Towers, Wye, Kent (sale, London, Christie's, 28 June 1929, lot 85, as Giovanni Bellini, The Repose in Egypt, to);
[L. Davis for Duveen Bros., London and New York; New York stock no. 29531, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation;
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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