Curator Letizia Treves gives a short talk on Orazio Gentileschi’s ’The Finding of Moses’.
Gentileschi may not be as widely known today as his daughter Artemisia, whose Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria hangs in the Gallery, but he is one of the most interesting figures of the Italian Baroque. He had an international career, counting aristocrats and monarchs among his patrons. Together with Van Dyck and Rubens, he was one of the leading international painters who came to work in London for King Charles I.
This painting shows the moment of discovery by Pharaoh’s daughter, the central figure pointing down at the child. Two handmaidens on the right gesture towards the spot where he was found. The kneeling figure in green is Moses’ sister, Miriam, who had been watching nearby. She came forward and volunteered her mother, the woman seen standing on the far left with a protective hand on Miriam’s shoulder, as nursemaid to the child, so returning Moses to his mother.
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