Nicolas Poussin 1593/94 – 1665

Moses abandoned

oil on canvas (144 × 196 cm) — 1628-29 Museum Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden

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This work is linked to Exodus 2:3

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Moses was born when the Jews lived in Egypt. Pharaoh had ordered that all newborn Jewish boys were te be killed. He feared that one of them could be a threat to him. Moses' mother tries to hide him as long as she can. But after a while she sees no other option than to abandon him and to hope that whoever finds him will care for him.

In his classicist style Poussin painted that moment. In the background, on the opposite shore, stands Pharaoh's daughter. The basket with the boy would soon float in her direction.

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