Frederick Goodall

The Finding of Moses

The Finding of Moses by Frederick Goodall

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Goodall first travelled to Egypt in the late 1850s, at the time when he began exhibiting his religious epics with the Royal Academy. He was preoccupied with evoking biblical surroundings of archeological plausibility. This painting, which is the second version he painted on the theme, depicts the discovery of Moses by Pharoah's daughter and her handmaidens. While purporting prudery in relation to depictions of the nude body, many Victorians relished displays of naked flesh when legitimised within biblical and historical subjects.

Title
The Finding of Moses
Artist/creator
Production date
Unknown
Medium
oil on canvas
Size (h x w)
2438 x 1829 mm
Inscription
FG
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
MU/55
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
On display

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