Inventory number
P00147
Author
Gentileschi, Orazio Lomi de
Title
The Finding of Moses
Chronology
1633
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
242 cm x 281 cm
School
Italian
Theme
Religion
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “pieza nueva sobre el zaguán y puerta principal del palacio”, 1636, [n. 413]; Royal Palace of El Pardo, Madrid, “sala donde se abre para su majestad”, 1701, s.n.; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “antecámara del difunto infante don Antonio”, 1772, n. 922; New Royal Palace, Madrid, “antecámara”, 1794, n. 922; Royal Palace, Madrid, “antecámara”, 1814-1818, n. 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, and 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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