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Hendrick de Clerck

Moses Striking the Rock

Artist

Hendrick de Clerck
Brussels about 1570 – Brussels 1630

Title

Moses Striking the Rock

Date

About 1590

Materials

Oil on wood

Dimensions

86.4 x 86.4 cm

Credits

Purchase, Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest, inv. 1969.1624

Collection

Western Art

This painting depicts Moses striking the rock at Horeb with his rod to provide water for the Israelites (Exodus 17:5–6). The subject was frequently portrayed in de Clerck's work; in fact, the Museum owns another Moses Striking the Rock by the Flemish Mannerist master dating from about twenty years later that is exhibited nearby. The theme is apt for a dining room. The decorative nature of the picture, in which the subject matter seems less important than the presentation of a complex and figure-filled composition, is underscored by the abundance of serving vessels, the charming variety of the participants’ poses, the forest setting and a brilliant colourism.

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