Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law is a 1659 oil-on-canvas painting of the prophet Moses by the Dutch artist Rembrandt. It depicts Moses about to break the original two stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments. It is now in the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin.

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law
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Year1659 (1659)
MediumOil on canvas
Dimensions168.5 cm × 136.5 cm (66.3 in × 53.7 in)
LocationGemäldegalerie, Berlin


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