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Attributed to Antonio De Bellis: 'The Finding of Moses'

According to the Old Testament story (Exodus 2: 5), the infant Moses was hidden by his mother in a reed basket on the River Nile to save him from Pharaoh's order that all male children should be killed. He was discovered by Pharaoh's daughter who took him into her care.

The elongated proportions of the figures, facial types, and the sensitive use of colour are all characteristic of De Bellis. They are also closely related to the works of his Neapolitan contemporary Bernardo Cavallino, to whom this painting was once attributed (see his 'Christ driving the traders from the Temple').

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