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The Finding of Moses, Pieter Mulier called Cavaliere Tempesta (1637-1701).

Oil on canvas, 32.5cm by 42cm.

The artist was born in Haarlem where he learnt to paint in his father’s studio. He later travelled to Italy and worked in Rome, Genoa and Northern Italy, where he became known for his Italianate landscapes.

The painting illustrates an Old Testament story. After Pharaoh had ordered the death of all Israelite boys, the baby Moses was hidden by his mother in a basket amongst the bullrushes near to the river. Here he was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and her attendants and his life was saved.



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