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Moses on Mount Sinai, and the Brazen Serpent; a crowd of Israelites in front of a mountain being attacked by winged creatures at r, serpent standing on a pole at left; on the mount two figures, inscribed: 'MOISES' and 'ARON' below, kneeling in prayer; Moses receives the Tablets of the Law from God the Father surrounded above by a choir of angels. c.1470-90
- Production date
- 1470-1490 (circa)
Height: 293 millimetres
Width: 420 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The print belongs to a group of engravings of miscellaneous subjects, catalogued by Hind as executed in the 'Broad Manner', now attributed to Francesco Rosselli. For this group see the entry for Hind B.III.9 (P&D 1875-6-12-18). It carries a watermark of an eagle (Hind.no.4).
It is the second state of the print, with the inscriptions "MOISES" and "ARON" added below the two figures; examples of the first state (without inscriptions) are in the Cincinnati Art Museum and Paris.
The print was certainly engraved on the verso of the same plate as the 'David and Goliath' (Hind B.III.6; Mark J. Zucker, 'The Illustrated Barsch, Commentary', vol. 24, part 2, 1994, pp. 83-85, no. 065). An entry in the Rosselli's inventory (1525) described indeed "1 morte d'ugolia, da l'altra banda la storia di muise', in un foglio reale" (the death of Goliath, [and] on the other side the history of Moses).
The composition and the figures in the engraving correspond exactly and in the same sense to those in a pen-and-wash drawing on vellum in the BM (P&D 1898,1123.4; see A.E. Popham and P. Pouncey, `Italian drawings in the BM, the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries`, London, 1950, I, no. 210, pl. CLXXIX, as Francesco Pesellino, and B. Degenhart, A. Schmitt, 'Corpus der italienischen Zeichnungen 1300-1450, Teil I: Sud-und Mittelitalien', 2, Berlin, 1968; pl. 937). Formerly attributed to the Florentine painter Francesco Pesellino, the drawing is now thought to be by Maso Finiguerra or his workshop (it is indeed closely connected with the so-called Finiguerra group of drawings in the Uffizi, Florence).
Lit.: H. Chapman and M. Faietti, exhib. cat., BM, London, `Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings`, 2010, under no. 28 (= Popham and Pouncey 210), pp. 154-5 (cat. entry by H. Chapman).
This print was issued as a black and white facsimile by the British Museum in 'Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Reproduced by Photographic Process', [First Series] Part I (Italian Prints), Published by the Trustees in 1882, where it was number II and described there as 'Anonymous. Moses Receiving the Tables of the Law, c.1450.'; (Shelfmark 245*.b.12).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2010 April-July, BM, 'Fra Angelico to Leonardo', displayed with no.28.
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