J. M. W. Turner 1775 – 1851

The Fifth Plague of Egypt

oil on canvas (124 ∅ 183 cm) — 1800 Museum Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis

This work is linked to Exodus 9:23

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God punished Egypt with ten plagues because the pharao refused to let Moses and his people go. The fifth plague was a series of horrible diseases that killed most of the Egyptian cattle.

The painting actually shows thunder, hail, and fire: the seventh plague. Turner, an English artist, seems to have mistitled this work.

Turner also made a number of prints about this scene, as well as an oil painting showing the tenth plague.

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