La Fuit en Egypte (The Flight into Egypt) Jean Léon Gérôme (1824 - 1904)


France, 1897


Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 28 x 11 in.

Mary is sitting side saddle with her legs on the left side of a donkey. She is clothed in long robes and her head is wrapped in a long scarf that reaches her waist. In her arms she holds the sleeping figure of Christ. Her left arm is under his head and her right arm is folded across his body. Her feet are bare and she sits on a piece of cloth. On the right side of the donkey is a saddlebag. Around the animal's neck is tied a small rope. The donkey is walking along what appears to be sand.