Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Moses and the Burning Bush, 1641

Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665), Moses and the Burning Bush, 1641. Oil on canvas. 203.7 x 170.8 cm. KMSsp688.
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Poussin painted and drew a range of scenes showing the Old Testament figure of Moses. In the artist’s own day Moses was considered a ”type” – a predecessor – of Jesus, and the narratives of the Pentateuch were seen as foreshadowing the New Testament stories about the Messiah.

Picturesque stories
The painting merges two passages from Leviticus and The Book of Numbers (3:2; 34:3). God appears to Moses in the form of a burning bush that is never consumed by the flames, ordering him to lead the Jewish people out of Egypt. The staff of Moses is transformed into a snake; a miracle that convinces the Jewish people that they should follow Moses. The entire composition exudes the same sense of weight and calm as sculptures from classical antiquity.

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