The Finding of Moses (Gentileschi)
|The Finding of Moses|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||257 cm × 301 cm (101 in × 119 in)|
|Location||National Gallery, London|
This version was bought by a private collection in 1995 and went on long term loan to the National Gallery in 2002. After a loan of nearly 20 years the Gallery succeeded in purchasing the work for £22 Million in December 2019.
Commissioned by Charles I for his wife Henrietta Maria to celebrate the birth of their son and heir Charles II, It was painted for the Queen's House in Greenwich. Upon completion it was hung in the Great Hall, opposite the 1628 version of Lot and His Daughters.: p.238 After Charles’ execution it was returned to his widow in France in 1660. By the time it entered the Orleans Collection a half-century later, it was regarded as by Velázquez. It then entered the Castle Howard collection, and was only correctly identified after the existence of Gentileschi's second version in the Prado became known in England.
The artist produced it for Philip IV of Spain and sent it to him as a gift in summer 1633. It was delivered personally to Philip in Madrid by the artist's son Francesco. In October that year Arthur Hopton (English ambassador to Spain) wrote that the painting had been hung in the Salón Nuevo in the Royal Alcázar of Madrid.
Pleased with the picture, Philip authorised the payment of 900 ducats to the artist.: p.238
The Madrid version is slightly smaller and the nudity has been softened.
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