The Flight into Egypt

Artist: Luca Giordano (Italian, Naples 1634–1705 Naples)

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 24 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (61.5 x 48.9 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Morton Landon, 1961

Accession Number: 61.50


In 1692 Giordano was summoned to Spain as court painter to King Charles II. Charles was succeeded in 1700 by the Bourbon king Philip V, who commissioned a number of paintings from Giordano for the French court, including this work. From 1701 until 1717 the painting was in the possession of Adrien-Maurice, comte d'Ayen, later duc de Noailles, who played an important part in the War of the Spanish Succession and married a niece of Madame de Maintenon.