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This image is a daytime depiction of Joseph, Mary, and the Boy Jesus in their flight into Egypt. The journey would have been long and difficult, between 350 and 400 miles on foot. The rocky terrain symbolizes the difficulties and trials along the journey and the ones to come. Nevertheless, there is a feeling of protection in the cocoon shape of Mary’s veil. In addition, the billowing drapery has a sail-like quality, as if the winds of heaven accompany them on this journey. Moreover, the solid visual unit of the family in white or near white symbolizes the white worn in the temple and the eternal nature of families. This piece is a commentary on the solemn responsibility of parents in protecting their family and heeding the commandments of the Lord without hesitation or question. - Rose Dall

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