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The Finding of Moses
  • Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803 - 1860)
  • The Finding of Moses
  • France
  • 1837
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 29.2 x 46.1 cm
    Frame size: 60 x 78 x 10 cm
  • Signature: 'DECAMPS / 1837'
  • P261
  • Reserve Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Exhibited at the 1839 Salon, this was Decamps’s first religious scene in oil. Pharoah’s daughter, accompanied by her attendants, discovers Moses in an ark of bulrushes on a bank of the Nile. He had been placed in the ark by his mother to escape Pharaoh’s orders to kill newborn Israelite boys (Exodus II, 1-9). The subject is one of the most frequently depicted in religious art.