About this artwork

This picture represents the Holy Family resting on their return journey to the Holy Land after their flight into Egypt, and includes the legendary episode of the first meeting of the infants Christ and St John the Baptist. Painted around 1550, the picture was highly praised in verse by the Venetian writer on art Marco Boschini (1660), when it belonged to the patrician Venier family. The striking panoramic landscape recurs in several other mature works by the artist.

  • title: The Rest on the Return from Egypt
  • accession number: NG 2651
  • artist: Paris BordonItalian (1500 - 1571)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1540
  • measurements: 104.00 x 140.80 cm
  • credit line: Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to the National Gallery of Scotland, with a contribution from Gallery funds, 1996

Paris Bordon

Paris Bordon

Bordon's painting combines the rich colour of Venetian painters with the consciously ornate compositions of mannerist artists. He was born in Treviso but trained in Venice, possibly in Titian's studio. He came across the central Italian mannerist style through artists such as Vasari, who came to Venice to work on various projects. Apart from some years in Milan and at the French court in Fontainbleau, Bordon spent most of his working life in Venice, before retiring to Treviso. He painted some religious subjects but his mildly erotic secular paintings secured his international reputation.