Moses saved from the waters of the Nile, El Veronese

Moses saved from the waters of the Nile, El Veronese
Moses saved from the waters of the Nile, El Veronese

The work that concerns us today is an oil on canvas painted by the Venetian artist El Veronese en titled The Finding of Moses or Moses rescued from the waters of the Nile, the work of exceptional quality, is located currently exhibited in the Prado Museum in Madrid. The originality of the piece makes it a unique work for the treatment of the religious scene, in addition, the canvas shows the artistic capacity of one of the most outstanding painters of the Renaissance period in Venice.


Paolo Cagliari, known as Paolo Veronese or simply as El Veronese because of his origin, is one of the most outstanding figures of theItalian Cinquecento. Born in the city of Verona in 1528, the Veronese was the son of a stonecutter, his family soon realized the little boy's artistic skills and began his training in the workshop of Antonio Badile who would later end up being the father-in-law of the. Throughout the sixties the artist travels to Rome where he can appreciate the works of Michelangelo and on his return, the influence of the Florentine in his works is appreciated.

It is precisely at this time when the artist begins to develop his most personal painting, in his canvases a new artistic conception can be seen that he will develop after his trip to Rome, the much more corporeal figures and a new treatment in the backgrounds,which acquire great importance.

The work that concerns us here must date from the end of the sixties or the seventies, although there are experts who even place it in the eighties. It is a religious scene taken from the Old Testament that has its correspondence with the scenes of the New Testament, as if it were a premonition of the life of Jesus Christ. Moses is thrown into the waters of the Nile River to be saved from death since the Egyptian Pharaoh had ordered the death of all Israelite children. The little boy was found on the river bank by Pharaoh's own daughter who adopted him and raised him as if he were her son.

The scene of religious character has been represented with a clear profane character and more than a representation of the life of Moses it seems a courtly image. On the riverbank, the pharaoh's daughter, accompanied by a large court, picks up the child. It is actually one of the maids who bends down to pick him up while another hurries to cover his naked body with a cloth and the rest of the attendees look on curiously. In his clothes, set in the fashion of the artist's time, his high social position is appreciated with rich brocades and precious stones that adorn them.

The artist has placed a special interest in the representation of the landscape in which the lighting effects and the careful vegetation stand out; You can also see a big city in the background of the scene.

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