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Moses and the Brazen Serpent
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Moses and the Brazen Serpent


Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)

Oil on panel

Height: 185.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 8 cm ( frame ); Width: 172 cm ( frame ); Height: 161.2 cm ( panel ); Width: 146.1 cm ( panel );

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
This panel shows an episode from the Old Testament in which the Israelites are punished with a plague of poisonous snakes. Moses points to a brass serpent arranged on a cross in the centre of the composition. Those that gaze on it are miraculously restored to health.

Rubens painted this work shortly after returning from Italy, where he was influenced by the work of Michelangelo, evident here in his depiction of the human body. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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