Artist Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Spanish, 1617-1682
Title
  • The Flight into Egypt
Date ca. between 1647 and 1650
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 82 1/2 × 65 1/2 inches (209.6 × 166.4 cm)
Framed: 125 × 87 × 6 inches (3 m 17.5 cm × 221 cm × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. K. T. Keller, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie H. Green and Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Green
Accession Number 48.96
Department European Painting
On View European: Medieval and Renaissance W220, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, on rock, in right foreground: Bme Murillo f.
Sir William Chapman, Bt. [1670?-1737];
sold Sir William Chapman collection (London, England) lot 56;
Sir James Mendez (Mitchem, Surrey, England);
February 25-26, 1756, sold Mendez collection (Langford, England)
purchased by Samson Gideon [1699-1765];
1766, by descent to his son, Sir Sampson Gideon [later Lord Eardley] (Belvedere, Erith, Kent, England);
by inheritance to his daughter, Maria Marow [later married Lord Saye and Sele];
by inheritance to her son, Lord Saye and Sele [d. 1848];
1848, by inheritance to Sir Culling Eardley;
1871, by descent to his daughter, Mrs. Culling Hanbury (Hanbury, Bedwell Park, Hertfordshire, England);
1938, by descent to Sir Francis Fremantle (Bedwell Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England);
by descent to James Fremantle;
December 14, 1945, sold by (Christie's, London, England) action estate of Sir Francis Fremantle, lot 27;
1945-at least 1947, purchased by Maurice Harris (London, England);
sold by (French & Company, New York, New York, USA);
1948-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
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Las doce tribus de Israel: Jacob y sus hijos. Exh. cat., Museo del Prado. Madrid, 1995, no. 37.

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