POUSSIN, Nicolas
(b. 1594, Les Andelys, d. 1665, Roma)

The Finding of Moses I

Oil on canvas, 94 x 121 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

The figure of the Pharaoh's daughter Thermutis, leaning against her maid as she instructs her companions to attend to the infant Moses rescued from the Nile, is taken from an earlier painting by Poussin, the Theseus Finding His Father's Sword of c. 1635. In the latter painting Aithra, Theseus's mother is supported by a female servant.