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Flight into Egypt

n.d. Robert Loftin Newman Born: Richmond, Virginia 1827 Died: New York, New York 1912 oil on canvas 12 1/4 x 18 1/8 in. (31.0 x 46.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Webster 1975.57 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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This painting shows the flight of Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus into Egypt. Robert Loftin Newman was very close to his mother, and he painted many subjects that emphasized the bond between mother and child. He never knew his father, however, and in this painting the figure of Joseph appears only as an indistinct figure in the shadows to the right. (Landgren, Robert Loftin Newman, 1827-1912, 1974) The atmospheric colors and indistinct shapes evoke the “new spirit” of American art that emerged toward the end of the nineteenth century.

Keywords

Animal - donkey

Religion - New Testament - Christ

Religion - New Testament - Flight into Egypt

Religion - New Testament - Joseph

Religion - New Testament - Mary

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert Loftin Newman

Born: Richmond, Virginia 1827 Died: New York, New York 1912

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