The Finding of Moses
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The Finding of Moses probably early 1730s

On Display Scottish National Gallery

The dramatic impact of Tiepolo's painting is heightened by its large size, sumptuous colouring and theatrical character. The Old Testament subject is made all the more immediate through the figures' contemporary appearance and life-like details, such as the depiction of Moses, who is shown upside down and bawling. The painting was originally even larger, but a section, showing a halberdier and a dog in a river landscape, was removed from the right, possibly in the nineteenth century (now in a private collection). Andrea Corner probably commissioned the work for his Palazzo Corner della Regina on the Grand Canal, Venice.

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Commission

When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Halberdier

A soldier armed with a halberd, a weapon with an axe-like blade and a spike, used in the 15th and 16th centuries.

Commission, Halberdier

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 92
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 202.00 x 342.00 cm (framed: 237.00 x 379.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented to the Royal Institution by Robert Clouston 1845; transferred 1859