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The Flight into Egypt: a night piece

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Amsterdam (made)

  • Date:

    1651 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching, burin and drypoint

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Etching, burin and drypoint depicting a night scene of a woman and child on a donkey, which is being led by a man holding a lantern in his right hand.

Place of Origin

Amsterdam (made)


1651 (made)


Rembrandt van Rijn, born 1606 - died 1669 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching, burin and drypoint

Marks and inscriptions

Rembrandt f.1651 (the 6 reversed)
Signed and dated


Height: 12.7 cm, Width: 11 cm

Object history note

C.A. Ionides Bequest

Descriptive line

Etching, burin and drypoint by Rembrandt van Rijn, 'The Flight into Egypt: a night piece', sixth state. Amsterdam, 1651.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from V&A Internal Catalogue
Bartsch, Adam von. Catalogue raisonné de toutes les estampes qui forment l'oeuvre de Rembrandt (Vienna, 1797), B.53
White, Christopher and Boon, Karel G. Rembrandt's Etchings: An Illustrated Critical Catalogue in Two Volumes, I. Text. (Amsterdam: Van Gendt & Co; London: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1969).
Blanc, Charles, L'oeuvre complet de Rembrandt, décrit et commenté, (Paris, 1859-61).
Hind, Arthur M. A Catalogue of Rembrandt's Etchings. (London: Methuen and Co. Ltd., 1923).
Biörklund George. Rembrandt's Etchings, True and False: A Summary Catalogue in a Distinctive Chronological Order and Completely Illustrated, (Stockholm, London & Paris, 1955) (2nd ed. 1968).


Paper (fiber product)


Etching (printing process); Drypoint

Subjects depicted

Lanterns (lighting devices); Night; Donkey


Prints; Religion; Christianity; Animals and Wildlife


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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