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Sebastiano Ricci (Belluno 1659-Venice 1734)

The Finding of Moses c.1720-25

Oil on canvas | 71.5 x 62.7 cm | RCIN 404764

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This painting shows the Old Testament story of the daughter of the Pharaoh who discovered Moses in a basket of rushes, cradled by his sister Miriam, and took him in. Sebastiano probably based his painting on a now lost version of the subject by the sixteenth-century painter Paolo Veronese, which was then in Smith’s collection.