Frederick Goodall

The Finding of Moses

The Finding of Moses by Frederick Goodall

Artwork Detail

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.

The Finding of Moses
Frederick Goodall
Production date
oil on canvas
2438 x 1829 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
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No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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