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

Oil on canvas, 32.5cm by 42cm.

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, closely watched by his sister Miriam.

When he was discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and her attendants, his life was saved and Miriam offered her mother as a nurse for the baby, thus reuniting mother and child.

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.

He also painted hunting scenes in the manner of Frans Snyders (1579-1657).


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