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Attributed to Master of the Prado Adoration of the Magi (Netherlandish painter, active ca. 1470-1480) , The Flight into Egypt

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Title The Flight into Egypt
Collection Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums): The Burrell Collection
Artist Attributed to Master of the Prado Adoration of the Magi (Netherlandish painter, active ca. 1470-1480)
Previously attributed to Memling, Hans (early Netherlandish painter, ca.1433-1494)
Date Earliest about 1465
Date Latest about 1465
Description In the rocky foreground of a sweeping landscape, are the Virgin and Child, left, and St Joseph and a donkey, right. The Virgin, dressed in a long white dress, white hood, and long dark-blue cloak, is seated on a mound, the infant Christ, dressed in a white robe, but his lower half exposed, upright on her lap. She clasps him with her right hand, while with her left she reaches up to grasp fruit from a tree. She has long red tresses and downcast eyes. St Joseph, dressed in vivid red robes, kneels by a pool, in which his reflection can be seen. Beside him, a donkey bends to take water. Clumps of flowers in the foreground; peasants harvesting wheat, imposing stone buildings and hills in the distance behind.
Current Accession Number 35.532
Former Accession Number 99
Subject religion (Flight into Egypt)
Measurements 59.5 x 52 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel (hardwood {oak})
Acquisition Details Given by Sir William and Lady Burrell 1944.
Provenance T. Schiff, deceased, sale, Paris, 21-22 February 1905; private collection, France; Captain David J. Colville (1894-1954), later Lord Clydesmuir; Arnold Seligman, Rey & Co.; from whom bought by by Sir William Burrell (1861-1958), 29 December 1936, £7,500.
Principal Exhibitions Arts Council, 1950, cat. no. 35; , Royal Academy, London, 1962, cat. no. 21; Treasures from the Burrell Collection, Hayward Gallery, London, 1975, cat. no. 6, as by Memlinc; Arts Council, 1977/8, cat. no. 134.
Publications De Loo, H., ‘Hans Memling in Roger van der Weyden's Studio', Burlington Magazine, LII, 1928, pp. 160-177; Friedländer, M. J., Die Altniederländsiche Malerei, VI, Berlin, 1928, pp. 21, 122, no. 32; Friedländer, M. J., Early Netherlandish Painting, VI (Memlinc and David), Leiden, 1971, p. 50, no. 32, pls. 81, 125; Friedländer, M. J., ‘An early work by Memling', Pantheon, May 1931, pp. 185-186; Robertson, G., 'The Burrell Collection in Glasgow', Burlington Magazine, XCI, 1949, p. 289, fig. 19; Scottish Arts Review, 1963, 4, pp. 19-22; McFarlane, K. B., Hans Memling, Oxford, 1971, pl. 71 (Munich Panorama); Hand, J. O. & M. Wolff, National Gallery of Art, Washington: Early Netherlandish Painting, Cambridge, 1986, pp. 155-161 (ill.).
Rights Owner Culture and Sport Glasgow (Museums)
Author Robert Wenley



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