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The Children of Israel Crossing the Red Sea

Photo credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

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The painting shows the Israelites who have reached safety after fleeing captivity in Egypt and miraculously crossing the Red Sea. Moses, who dominates the composition, extends his rod against the Egyptians who are engulfed far below. To the right, the reprieved Israelites, their children and animals, form an idealised chaos. A young mother stretches out her arms, perhaps in thanksgiving. Belongings are scattered in the foreground, some Egyptian in style, recalling the years of slavery in Egypt. Henri-Frédéric Schopin won the prestigious Prix de Rome for history painting in 1831.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery



The Children of Israel Crossing the Red Sea




oil on canvas


H 57 x W 95 cm

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bequeathed by Miss E. Bramble, 1949

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