The flight into Egypt
Florence, between 1444 and 1445 - Florence, 1510
Around 1495-1500, tempera on canvas, 151 x 89 cm
Italian museum - Venetian Gallery
It was long believed that the “simplistic” nature of this work was evidence of the clumsiness of the painter, and therefore that it could not be attributed to Botticelli. It was also thought that it had originally been painted on wood panel, before being transposed onto canvas, evidence that it dated from after the painter’s death. All these hypotheses have been disproven, and the painting is indeed attributed to Botticelli, assisted admittedly by an assistant for the figure of Saint Joseph.