Landscape with Moses and the Burning Bush, 1610–16
Domenichino (Domenico Zampieri) (Italian, Bolognese, 1581–1641)
Oil on copper; 17 3/4 x 13 3/8 in. (45.1 x 34 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 1976 (1976.155.2)
The miracle of the burning bush that was not consumed (Exodus III) was one of the three miracles that God showed Moses to confirm his mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. A pupil of the Carracci, Domenichino was a key figure in the creation of an idealizing, classical style of painting in Europe (Poussin was deeply influenced by him). His landscape style transposes observation of nature to a timeless, idyllic realm. The ability to clearly suggest vast depth was key to the landscape style of Claude Lorraine.