Rest during the flight into Egypt
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Rest during the flight into Egypt

Francesco Mancini
(S. Angelo in Vado 1679 - Rome 1758)
Rest during the flight into Egypt
oil on canvas
cm. 136 x 100
cat. 40398

Considered in the past a work by Maratta, the Rest during the flight into Egypt was then correctly attributed to Francesco Mancini, an artist born in the Marche region but educated in Emilia, who was active in the pontifical territory in the first half of the Eighteenth century. Among his contemporaries Mancini had a unique position, developing a completely personal language that is a synthesis of Baroque and Rococo elements, a type of painting that is characterized by the ease and smoothness of its execution as well as by flowing and vital chromatic material. The Rest was purchased in 1772 by Clement XIV (pontiff from 1769 to 1774) together with two other paintings with mythological subjects by the same author.