Lucas van Leyden 1494 – 1533

Moses and the Israelites use water from the rock

tempera on canvas (182 × 238 cm) — 1527 Museum Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Lucas van Leyden biography

This work is linked to Exodus 17:6

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On their journey through the desert the Israelites run out of water. God tells Moses to strike a rock with his stick. Moses obeys, and water comes out of the rock.

Lucas van Leyden doesn't show the actual miracle, but a scene a bit later on.

He didn't use oil paint but egg tempera, a cheaper choice. The downside is that tempera tends to get darker over time.

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