Lawrence Alma-Tadema - The Finding of MosesOil on canvas, 1904, 136,7 × 213,4 cm

I'll take him


Description and interpretation of the famous painting 'The finding od Moses' by Alma-Tadema!

Lawrence Alma-Tadema - The Finding of Moses

The subject of the discovery of Moses underwent a revival among Orientalists, as here too at the Dutch Alma-Tadema.  Alma-Tadema was invited to Egypt by the construction engineer Sir John Aried, who helped to build the Aswan Dam, and was able to study Egyptian culture sufficiently. 

We see the daughter of the pharaoh carried out of the left edge of the picture by some bar-headed slaves and pretty slaves. Next to her is Moses, who has just come out of the Nile in his decorated willow basket. It almost looks like a parade and reminds in no way of an older representation of the same theme. The Pharaoh's daughter holds a mallet and a lotus blossom in her hand and shows her royal origin; her feet rest on a projection on which a subject can be seen whose hands are tied together behind her back. This is symbolic of the oppressed Hebrew people who will lead Moses to freedom during his lifetime. This aspect is also taken up again in the background, where dark-skinned slave drivers drive light-skinned crowds of people around. The blue larkspur frames the picture and offers a strong colour surface in the foreground. The figure reaching into the picture on the left may date back to a figure Seti II in the British museum. 

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