Considered the most important painter of the first generation of Dutch Italianate artists, Poelenburgh excelled at painting female nudes within biblical or mythological scenes set in Italianate landscapes bathed in warm southern light. Accordingly, although the title of our painting is The Finding of Moses, clearly the subject is secondary to the depiction of the nudes in an Arcadian landscape with a panoramic view to the golden horizon. Poelenburgh lived in Italy from 1617-26 and was active both in Rome and in the Medici court in Florence. His paintings were among the most prized by the classically educated aristocracy of northern Europe.
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- Titles The Finding of Moses (Proper)
- Artist Cornelis van Poelenburgh, Dutch, Utrecht 1594 - 1667 Utrecht
- Medium oil on copper
- Dimensions 7 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (18.1 x 25.1 cm) frame: 12 1/4 × 15 × 2 in. (31.1 × 38.1 × 5.1 cm)
- Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by the European Art Society, 2004.5
- Work Type painting
- Classification Paintings
- On View
- Signature No marks visible on the visible part of the back of the copper plate.
- Marks No marks visible on the visible part of the back of the copper plate.
- Inscription Frame labels: at top, Winchester / Fine Art Services / (Alazraki) / #28 Poelenburgh; at top: 28 / C. van Poelenburgh. [Per Jeannine O'Grody's worksheet dated July 9, 2004 in the object file.]
- Provenance With dealer Daphne Alazraki Fine Art; purchase 2004 by the Birmingham Museum of Art