Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt
Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), 'Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt', 1647. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt' by Rembrandt van Rijn

34 x 48 cm
Oil on wood panel
Purchased, 1883

Stop 14 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Although a clear diagnosis is impossible, researchers have noted that Rembrandt may have suffered from episodes of mental illness. His biographers described an exuberant personality, coupled with instances of lavish spending in the 1630s. This lifestyle was sometimes displayed in his paintings, most notably his self-portrait with his new bride Saskia from 1635.

The cheerfulness of such scenes contrasts sharply with the sombre tones observable in the artist’s later work, a contrast which some researchers have suggested may indicate the presence of bi-polar disorder. Such darker moods are particularly evident in Rembrandt’s prints of the period which, like the Rest on the Flight into Egypt, are dominated by a dark ambiance.

On display in Room 37, Milltown Wing, Level 3

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery