The Story of Moses (The Dance of Miriam)

During the exodus from Egypt, the Red Sea parted for the fleeing Israelites, and closed again to drown Pharaoh's pursuing army. Miriam and other Israelite women danced to celebrate this escape. Old Testament (Exodus 15: 20-21). Moses is in the foreground to the right.

Both this painting and 'The Isrealites gathering Manna' are probably two of the eight Old Testament pictures by Costa which were recorded in the ducal collections in Mantua in 1665.

This painting is the first in the narrative.

Key facts

Artist dates
1460 - 1535
Full title
The Story of Moses (The Dance of Miriam)
Date made
after 1508
Medium and support
Glue on linen
119.3 x 78.7 cm
Acquisition credit
Layard Bequest, 1916
Inventory number
Location in Gallery

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