TIZIANO Vecellio
(b. 1490, Pieve di Cadore, d. 1576, Venezia)

Drowning of the Pharaoh's Host in the Red Sea

1515-17
Woodcut in twelve blocks, 12,5 x 221,5 cm
Museo Correr, Venice

In 1515-17 Titian designed a large woodcut representing the Drowning of the Pharaoh's Host in the Red Sea. The subject, taken from Exodus 14:20-31, shows the miraculous salvation of the Israelites when the Red Sea, having parted to allow them to cross, rolled back again to drown the pursuing Egyptian army. The very high artistic and technical quality of the print implies that Titian exercised close supervision over the cutting of the woodblocks by specialized craftsmen.