Moses Striking the Rock

Abraham Bloemaert Netherlandish

Not on view

Extended, contorted, and preternaturally muscled bodies are a hallmark of Bloemaert’s style, which art historians refer to as Mannerism. In the middle ground at left, nearly hidden in shadow, Moses strikes a rock to provide water for the Israelites during their flight from Egypt. But other figures such as the monumental bare-breasted woman with a water pitcher on her back overshadow the ostensible subject, revealing the painter’s priority to be the depiction of a variety of idealized bodies inspired by a dialogue with contemporary Italian art.

Moses Striking the Rock, Abraham Bloemaert (Netherlandish, Gorinchem 1566–1651 Utrecht), Oil on canvas

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.