Finding of Moses
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This painting was executed by an unknown Venetian master under the influence of the innovative style of Antonio Balestra which was dominant in Venice of the 18th century. This manner combined Roman academic style with the color and brashness of Venetian masters. The main subject is the Old Testament story of "The Finding of Moses", which was widespread in Venetian art from the 18th century. In this painting, the artist depicted five elegant female figures grouped around a baby. Pharaoh's daughter dressed in a precious veil and tiara decorated with pearls is surrounded by maids. One of the made gives her baby Moses, which was just taken from the basket. The influence of Antonio Balestra's style is evident not only by the typical composition and colors but also by the foreshortening of the figures.