The Rest on the Flight into Egypt

Artist: Nicolas Poussin (French, Les Andelys 1594–1665 Rome)

Date: ca. 1627

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 30 x 25 in. (76.2 x 63.5 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Bequest of Lore Heinemann, in memory of her husband, Dr. Rudolf J. Heinemann, 1996

Accession Number: 1997.117.6


This tenderly poetic picture reveals a side of Poussin not otherwise represented by the Museum’s splendid holdings of this artist. During the 1620s Poussin was especially attracted by Venetian painting, studying Titian’s great mythological compositions, some of which were in aristocratic collections in Rome. He took the inspiration for the fruit-gathering cherubs and the landscape from Titian’s Bacchanals.