In order to escape Pharoah's order to kill Israelite boys, Moses was placed in an ark of bulrushes in the Nile. He was found by the Pharoah's daughter and her attendants. Moses' sister Miriam offered to find a nurse for the child and so was able to return him to his mother. Moses later led the Israelites to the Promised Land. Old Testament (Exodus 2: 1-6).

Breenbergh has placed the figures in an expansive Italianate landscape dotted with pseudo-classical ruins.

Key facts

Artist dates
1598 - 1657
Full title
The Finding of the Infant Moses by Pharaoh's Daughter
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on oak
41.5 x 56.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Richard Simmons, 1847
Inventory number
Location in Gallery