Landscape with the flight into Egypt
122 x 230 cm; oil on canvas (FC 236)
This painting is the pinnacle of the the Aldobrandini lunnettes, thanks to this piece the landscape genre gained greater market value and appreciation from the critics. This piece, then, became a kind of text book for generations of painters. Painted in Rome between 1604 and 1613, the series depicts man and nature with great harmony and in classical tones. The composition of each lunette is classically balanced, and the references to ancient buildings contribute to the creation of the so called “ideal landscape”. It is a heroic and noble conception of nature, seen in scholarly terms.
The execution of this painting has been almost entirely attributed to Annibale Carracci, while the accompanying elements are generally considered to be the work of Francesco Albani and/or some of his other known collaborators. It is one of the masterpieces that came to the Pamphilj family as part of Olympia Aldobrandini’s dowry.