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Moses and the Burning Bush

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Moses, whilst out tending sheep on Mount Herob, saw a vision of God in a bush that burned with fire but was not consumed. He was told by God that he would take the Israelites out of Egypt and lead them to a land of milk and honey. The bush was regarded as a prefiguration of the Virgin, who bore Christ but was intact.

This painting was bought by William Bankes (1786–1855) for Kingston Lacy from a convent in Granada in 1814 with its pendant (pair), 'The Boy David and the Lion'. Examples of work by this significant painter scarcely exist outside Spain.

National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster


Moses and the Burning Bush


oil on canvas


H 26.5 x W 108 cm

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bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981

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National Trust, Kingston Lacy

Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA England

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