The Brazen Serpent

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 dates
1703 - 1766
Full title
The Brazen Serpent
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
136.5 x 95 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1987
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

Other paintings in the group: Modelli for Frescoes in S. Croce in Gerusalemme, Rome