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Artist: Francesco Vanni, Italian, 1564–1610
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, known as the Madonna della Pappa
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 118.745 x 88.9 cm (46 3/4 x 35 in.), framed: 152.4 x 121.92 cm (60 x 48 in.)
Maitland F. Griggs, B.A. 1896, Fund
Francesco Vanni was among the last great artists of the Sienese school and one of the principal masters of early Baroque style in both his native city and Rome. This painting, which was well known throughout Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and frequently reproduced in prints and painted copies, portrays an apocryphal moment on the journey of the Holy Family into Egypt, where they fled to avoid the Massacre of the Innocents at Bethlehem. The Virgin feeds the hungry Christ Child cereal (<EM>pappa</EM> in Italian) from a maiolica bowl held by an angel whose brilliantly colored wings are characteristic of the technical bravura that made Francesco Vanni so famous during his lifetime.
Art for Yale: Collecting for a New Century, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2007), 223, 39495, pl. 210.
John J. Marciari et al., Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2013), 11, 13841, 145, 162n2, 178, 200, 224, no. 42.
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