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Follower of Filippino Lippi: 'The Worship of the Egyptian Bull God, Apis'
This painting is part of the group: Two Scenes from the Story of Moses

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The bull in the sky with the crescent moon on his shoulder is the Egyptian Apis; he used to emerge from a river and when the Egyptians gathered round him with music and chanting, he rose into the air. There is a tradition that the Golden Calf of the Israelites was an image of Apis. Old Testament (Exodus 32: 1-8). It is possible that Filippino is here alluding to the Worship of the Golden Calf.

Both this work and its companion 'Moses brings forth Water out of the Rock', and perhaps other paintings now missing, were probably set in the wainscoting of a room. The design may be by Filippino and perhaps the head of Moses in 'Moses brings forth Water out of the Rock' was painted by him.

Other paintings in this group: Two Scenes from the Story of Moses


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