Moses and the Brazen Serpent




Moses and the Brazen Serpent

Date of Production

1609 - 1610


oil on panel


Height: 161.2 cm (panel)
Width: 146.1 cm (panel)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Count Antoine Seilern, bequest, 1978


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)


On display


Label Text

This panel shows an episode from the Old Testament in which the Israelites are punished with a plague of poisonous snakes. Moses points to a brass serpent arranged on a cross in the centre of the composition. Those that gaze on it are miraculously restored to health.
Rubens painted this work shortly after returning from Italy, where he was influenced by the work of Michelangelo, evident here in his depiction of the human body.


Princes Gate Bequest 1978

Exhibition History

Part of general displays, National Gallery & London & England, 20/01/2006-27/04/2006

Rubens - A Master in the Making, National Gallery, London, 26/10/2005-15/01/2006

to be displayed with permanent collection, National Gallery & London & England, 28/01/2003-08/02/2004 ...More

National Gallery (to be displayed with permanent collection), National Gallery, London, 01/09/1997-01/06/1998 ...Less


Rubens - A Master in the Making, National Gallery, London, 2005-2006

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