Moses brings forth Water out of the Rock

After Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt (represented background right) they lacked water and were murmuring against him. At God's command Moses struck a rock with his rod and water flowed forth (the Israelites and their flocks are seen drinking in the right foreground). Old Testament (Exodus 17: 1-7).

Both this and its companion 'The Worship of the Egyptian God Apis', 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 this painting was painted by him.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1457 - 1504
Full title
Moses brings forth Water out of the Rock
Date made
about 1500
Medium and support
Oil and egg on canvas, transferred from wood
78.1 x 137.8 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Sir Henry Bernhard Samuelson, Bt, in memory of his father, 1937
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

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

Follower of Filippino Lippi
about 1500
Follower of Filippino Lippi: 'The Worship of the Egyptian Bull God, Apis'