El Descanso
ca. 1750
12.125" x 9.12"
Painting, oil on copper
Region: Mexico
The “Rest” on the return from Egypt, El Descanso, depicts the return from Egypt by the Holy Family. According to Matthew’s gospel, Joseph, Mary and Jesus returned from Egypt after the death of King Herod the Great. Finding Herod’s son, Archelaus, had succeeded him as king of Judea, and being warned in a dream by God, they abandoned their home in Bethlehem and traveled to Nazareth.