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The Flight into Egypt, from the Life of the Virgin

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.


c. 1504–05, published 1511


Albrecht Dürer
German, 1471-1528

About this artwork

Early in his career Albrecht Dürer set out to meet Martin Schongauer but arrived after the famous printmaker’s death. This woodcut from The Life of the Virgin, one of Dürer’s three major illustrated books along with The Passion and The Apocalypse, represents an homage to Schongauer. Compared to Schongauer’s print of the scene, Dürer’s image shares an interest in a variety of exotic vegetation (palms) and desert creatures (lizards) and by suggesting the arid nature of the landscape, visually reinforces how far the family had to travel to escape the persecution of Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents.


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Albrecht Dürer


The Flight into Egypt, from the Life of the Virgin


Germany (Artist's nationality)

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Made 1504–1505


Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper


Image: 30.1 × 21 cm (11 7/8 × 8 5/16 in.); Sheet: 45.2 × 30.8 cm (17 13/16 × 12 3/16 in.)

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Clarence Buckingham Collection

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