Rest on the Flight into Egypt (The Miraculous Field of Wheat)
On View In:
Gallery 342
Artist:   Workshop of Joachim Patinir  
Title:   Rest on the Flight into Egypt (The Miraculous Field of Wheat)  
Date:   c. 1518-1524  
Medium:   Oil on panel  
Dimensions:   13 1/2 x 19 1/4 x 1/4 in. (34.29 x 48.9 x 0.64 cm) (panel)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery 342  

This painting depicts three separate Biblical episodes. To the left, Joseph is seen by a spring which miraculously appeared to quench the thirst of the Holy Family during their flight from Herod's massacre of male children, a scene represented in the distant village to the right. During their flight, Mary asked a peasant to tell Herod's army that they had passed by while he was sowing grain. Overnight, his wheat grew, seen to the right, so that the soldiers gave up their pursuit, assuming the travellers to have gone by months before.

Name:   Patinir, Joachim  
Nationality:   Netherlandish  
Life Dates:   Netherlandish, 1485 - 1524  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   No marks Label UL on verso : [5738] Marking BC on verso in graphite: [5738]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Religion: NT. Madonna and Child. Rest on the Flight into Egypt. Virgin and Child seated on rocky mound in foreground. Joseph fills water bottle at a little pool on the left. Herod's soldiers question the farmer who points to a field of wheat. Small Flemish village in the right background, in front of which is enacted the Massacre of the Innocents. Trees, hills, winding river form fanciful landscape background.  
Creation Place:   Europe, Netherlands, , ,  
Accession #:   14.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts