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Title The Finding of Moses.
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist Attributed to Matteis, Paolo de` (Italian painter, 1662-1728)
Previously attributed to Giordano, Luca (Italian painter, 1634-1705, active in Italy and Spain)
Date Earliest possibly about 1680
Date Latest possibly about 1728
Description This work depicts the finding of Moses, an Israelite baby placed in a basket by his mother and floated down the River Nile, in order to escape the death sentence placed on new born Israelites by the Egyptian Pharoah. Moses however, was discovered by the Pharoah's daughter, depicted here, who raised him as her own and he became a Prince of Egypt. A pupil of Luca Giordano, to whom this work was previously attributed, Paolo de' Matteis became an internationally renowned artist in his own right, working in Rome, Naples and Paris.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:C7352
Former Accession Number SAG 403
Subject religion (Moses); figure; interior
Measurements 89.6 x 139 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 403 without attribution; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 403 without attribution; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 403 attributed to Luca Giordano, called Fra Presto.
Notes This work has a varied history of attribution. It was previously attributed to Luca Giordano in 1951 by Sir Alec Martin. In a letter dated 5 July 1963, Peter Murray, formerly of the Witt Library, said he was not sure he agreed, but suggested de' Matteis as a possibility, and in this agreed with Michael Levy's earlier suggestion of the 27 June 1963. Also in 1963, Nicholson declared it certainly not to be by Giordano, but thought an attribution to Pellegrini was possible. Though later attributed to style of Luca Giordano, in 2002 Xavier Bray of the National Gallery, London, re-attributed the work to Paolo de' Matteis, a pupil of Giordano. The work is a pendant to TWCMS:B9985 and C197.
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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