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The flight of Holy Family into Egypt and their eventual return was interpreted by the Gospel writer Matthew as the fulfillment the prophecy of Hosea. An image of this biblical event is located on sig. i8 of Thielman Kerver’s 1507 Book of Hours, in the Vespers section, which are the evening prayers at the end of the Hours of the Virgin. This essay discusses the rich symbolism included in this illustration.
Book and manuscript illustration, engraving, Medieval Christian art and symbolism
Biblical Studies | History of Religion | Medieval History
Shaver, Jereme, "15, The Flight into Egypt" (2018). Kerver Book of Hours: Senior Capstone 2018. 8.