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The Finding of Moses

Designer:
Jacopo [Giacomo] Barozzi da Vignola (Italian, Vignola 1507–1573 Rome)
Artist:
Intarsia by Fra Damiano da Bergamo (Damiano di Antoniolo de Zambelli) (ca. 1480–1549)
Date:
16th century
Culture:
Italian
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 36 × 32 in. (91.4 × 81.3 cm); Framed: 40 3/8 × 36 1/4 × 8 in., 128.8 lb. (102.6 × 92.1 × 20.3 cm, 58.4 kg)
Classification:
Woodwork
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1912
Accession Number:
12.130.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 503
This panel was made for the Renaissance historian Francesco Guicciardini (1483–1540). It includes his coat of arms and those of his well-born wife, Maria Salviati. It represents the collaboration between a celebrated designer and a famous craftsman, who specialized in the challenging art of wood inlay.
Signature: On steps of palace: F [rater] Damianus Bergomen [sis] or [dinis] praed[icatorum] F[ecit]. MD.XXXIIII [trans.: Brother of Bergamo of the order of the Preachers [Dominicans] made it in 1534]

Inscription: On flower box, in lower right hand corner: INFANTVLVS MOSES IN SCIRPEA FISCELLA NILO COMMISSVS, REGIS FILLIAE ALENDVS EDVCITVR [trans.: the infant Moses, set adrift on the Nile in a rush-bakset, is brought to the King's daughter to be nourished]
[ Lippmann (until 1912; sold to MMA) ]
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