Pietro Perugino 1450 – 1523

Moses' Journey into Egypt

fresco (350 × 572 cm) — c. 1482 Museum Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

This work is linked to Exodus 4:25

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Moses spent forty years in the land Midian. He had fled Egypt after killing an Egyptian. After forty years God gives him a sign to return, to rescue his people from Pharao's tiranny.

To the right Moses' son Eliezer is circumsized by his mother Zipporah, a Midianite. In the center Moses is stopped by an angel, a common depiction of God.

The scenes represent a strange passage in Exodus. Moses is threatened by God. Zipporah then grabs a knife and makes a sacrifice to rescue her husband.

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