BOTTICELLI, Sandro
(b. 1445, Firenze, d. 1510, Firenze)

The Trials and Calling of Moses (detail)

1481-82
Fresco
Cappella Sistina, Vatican

The central scene, in which Moses watering the sheep belonging to Jethro's daughters - one of them, Zipporah, later became his wife - is one of the most charming genre pictures in the entire cycle. According to the typologial interpretation, it is a reference to Christ, who looks after his Church.