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

The Exposition of Moses

Oil on canvas, 105 x 204 cm
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

This painting was executed in 1654 for Jacques Stella. It depicts the scene when Moses's mother put him in an ark of bulrushes in the Nile after the Pharaoh had ordered all new-born Hebrew sons to be killed. This subject is less common than the popular depiction of the finding of Moses by the Pharaoh's daughter.