Inventory number
P00147
Author
Gentileschi, Orazio Lomi de (Italian)
Title
Moses saved from the waters
Chronology
1633
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
242 cm x 281 cm
School
Italiana
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, pieza nueva sobre el zaguán y puerta principal del palacio, 1636, s.n.; Palacio de El Pardo, Madrid, sala donde se abre para su majestad, 1701, s.n.; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara del difunto infante don Antonio, 1772, nº 922; Palacio Real Nuevo, Madrid, antecámara, 1794, nº 922; Palacio Real, Madrid, antecámara, 1814-1818, nº 922).

Moses is placed in a basket by his mother, which she abandons on the Nile River. There, it is found by the Pharaoh's daughter (Exodus 2). Gentileschi studied first in Florence but later moved to Rome where he was a friend of Caravaggio and made works similar to the latter's style but interpreted in a personal way. He later worked in Genoa and Paris, then moved to London, where he spent the rest of his life. This sophisticated and elegant painting, with its sumptuous palette of colors, was painted during his stay at the court of Charles I of England as the artist's gift to Felipe IV of Spain.

 
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