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Moses striking the Rock
Corrado Giaquinto

This work and 'The Brazen Serpent' are highly finished modellos for frescoes in the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome. The modelli were probably made specifically for presentation to the Pope for approval, given that Benedict XIV was providing cash for the project.

Until recently a painting in the Musée Magnin at Dijon was thought to be a preliminary modello by Giaquinto for 'Moses striking the Rock'. Although Giaquinto frequently made several versions, even of his sketches, it seems most likely that the Dijon painting is an old copy of this picture.

Key facts
Artist Corrado Giaquinto
Artist dates 1703 - 1766
Full title Moses striking the Rock
Group Modelli for Frescoes in S. Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome
Date made 1743-4
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 136.5 x 95 cm
Acquisition credit Bought, 1987
Inventory number NG6516
Location in Gallery Room 37
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Modelli for Frescoes in S. Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome

These two paintings were made as modelli (preparatory works) for frescoes in the apse of a church in Rome.