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‘The Finding of Moses’ is a masterpiece by the Italian Baroque painter Orazio Gentileschi. The work was painted in the early 1630s for Queen Henrietta Maria, a few years after Orazio arrived in London at the Court of Charles I. The painting was likely made to mark the birth of the future Charles II.

An urgent appeal

We have just three weeks to raise the funds to purchase this masterpiece and keep it on free display, for everyone, for ever.

Please donate today.

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The countdown is on to save this painting of outstanding importance - and we need your help

A masterpiece for the Gallery and the nation

‘The Finding of Moses’ has been on loan to the Gallery since 2002 where it has been at the heart of our Italian Baroque display, drawing connections with other artists in our collection including Caravaggio, Reni, Rubens and Van Dyck and - more recently - Artemisia Gentileschi, Orazio’s daughter.

Artemisia is the most celebrated female painter of the 17th century. She stands out at a time when very few women became artists. 

Displaying paintings by father and daughter in the same room reveals the extent to which Artemisa learnt from Orazio while simultaneously forging her own artistic style and technique.

The painting is on display in Room 31 until the end of this year.

An important first

This is our opportunity to secure what will be the first painting by Orazio Gentileschi to enter our collection and the first painting to represent the important moment in history when Orazio travelled to England to be a painter at the court of Charles I in London.

Donate today

We have until the end of the year to raise the final £2 million needed to purchase the painting. As a charity, we depend on your generosity - no matter how large or small, your contribution is vital.

Please donate today.