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Autun Cathedral: Capital: Flight into Egypt (Detail)

Capital: Flight into Egypt (Detail)

Detail of the the Virgin Mary and Christ Child on a Romanesque capital from the choir, now displayed in the chapter house, depicting the Flight into Egypt. Having been warned in a dream that Herod seeks to kill the Christ Child, Joseph leads Mary and the Baby on a donkey to safety in Egypt. The Holy Family looks serene but solemn and the donkey appears proud of his important task.