How could one resist such a cute baby? The Finding of Moses

How could one resist such a cute baby? The Finding of Moses

2/3/2021, 5:38:45 PM
How could one resist such a cute baby? The Finding of Moses (1885) by Frederick Goodall ( 1822-1904) shows how baby Moses is found by the daughter of the Pharaoh and her handmaidens. The story is based on Exodus 2. The Israelites were under the oppression of the Egyptians, and Pharaoh had given the order that only girls could be born among the Israelites. All boys had to be thrown in the Nile River. So, when the mother of Moses got a baby boy, he was expected to not survive when the Egyptians would discover him. Moses' mother put him in a basket made of papyrus and placed him in the Nile River. The moment shown here is when the daughter of the Pharaoh went down to the river to take a bath, assisted by her slaves. There she discovered baby Moses and she felt sorry for him. She decided to take care of him and get a Hebrew woman to take care of him, which happened to be the mother of Moses. It was painted by Frederick Goodall, a British artist who visited Egypt twice to study the landscape and architecture there. This allowed him to provide relatively accurate details in the religious scenes that he painted, as we can see in this work. Edit: as this post has led to some discussions about the skin colors used in this painting, I (and some of you) have provided some additional context about this in the comments below. In short, I try to take the circumstances into account when discussing an artwork with regards to who painted it and what point in time (late 19th century in this case). But it is not always clear what the motivations of the artist were when he/she painted it. I hope that these discussions help to get a better understanding of the circumstances of this painting and our history, which is timely given the celebration of black history month. I would appreciate it if you keep your comments respectful and constructive 🙏 #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #Goodall #FrederickGoodall #Moses #Pharaoh #Baby #Discovery #BabyMoses #Exodus #Biblical #Bible #Egypt #Egyptian

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