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According to the Old Testament Book of Exodus, the Israelites and their flock were thirsty after failing to find water during their long journey through Egypt. God instructed Moses to stand in front of the people with the elders of Israel and strike the rock of Horeb with his staff. A fresh stream of water gushed from the rock, enabling the Israelites and their animals to quench their thirst. Giaquinto shows the elderly Moses brandishing the miraculous staff. The delicate hues of his draperies harmonise with those of the figures in the foreground and contrast with the dull colour of the rocky landscape.
Oil on canvas
H 136.5 x W 95 cm