The Finding of Moses

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1610-1662)

Currently on View in H214
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The Finding of Moses was executed during Romanelli’s second stay in Paris (1655–1656), when he decorated the apartments of the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, at the Louvre. The simplified composition and its clearly delineated forms suggest that this jewel-toned canvas, too, functioned as an element of décor.

Romanelli had assisted Pietro da Cortona in his ambitious ceiling fresco The Triumph of Divine Providence in Palazzo Barberini. Like his master, he enjoyed the patronage of Cardinal Francesco Barberini and his uncle, Pope Urban VIII. The exile of the Barberini to France in 1646 prompted Romanelli to follow his patrons to Paris.

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Object Information

Giovanni Francesco Romanelli (Italian, 1610-1662)
creation date
about 1656-1657
oil on canvas
34 x 45 in.
approximately 44 x 55 x 5-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Public Domain
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800

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