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The Brazen Serpent
Corrado Giaquinto

This work and 'Moses striking the Rock' are highly finished modellos for frescoes in the church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome. In about 1744 Giaquinto was commissioned to carry out the decoration of the two ceilings and the apse walls. The extremely high degree of finish and quality of the four sketches for the frescoes indicates the importance of this commission for Giaquinto.

In 'The Brazen Serpent' Moses holds a tau-shaped staff prefiguring the Crucifixion.

Key facts
Artist Corrado Giaquinto
Artist dates 1703 - 1766
Full title The Brazen Serpent
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 NG6515
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.