PYNAS, Jan Symonsz.
(b. ca. 1581, Alkmaar, d. 1631, Amsterdam)

Aaron Changes the Water of the Nile into Blood

Oil on panel, 69 x 169 cm
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The biblical story is the following. Moses had asked Pharaoh for permission to leave Egypt with his people. When Pharaoh refused, God punished Egypt with ten plagues. This is the first plague: with his rod Moses' brother Aaron changes the water in the river into blood. The Egyptians could no longer drink the water or use it to irrigate their lands.

But Pharaoh still refused to let the Israelites go. In the face of Pharaoh and Moses and Aaron are due to change the water of the Nile into blood. Right to the city with a tower and a temple.