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Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Photo credit: The Courtauld

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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.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London


Date

1609–1610

Medium

oil on panel

Measurements

H 161.2 x W 146.1 cm

Accession number

P.1978.PG.355

Acquisition method

Princes Gate bequest, 1978

Work type

Painting


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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London WC2R 0RN England

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