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Paolo Veronese (1528–1588)
Studies for The Finding of Moses, ca. 1580
Pen and brown ink, brown wash
6 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches (171 x 186 mm.)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1909; IV, 81
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In this lively sheet of studies for the Finding of Moses, circa 1580 (Prado, Madrid), the artist worked in rapid strokes of pen and brown ink to resolve problems not only of pose but of light and volume. The subject derives from the Old Testament account in which Moses was hidden by his mother in the bulrushes to escape Pharoah's order that all male Israelite infants be killed; he was later found and cared for by Pharoah's daughter.

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