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Moses Strikes Water from the Rock Dutch school, mid-17th century. Workshop of Jacob de Wet (Haarlem, 1610-1675).

Moses Strikes Water from the Rock Dutch school, mid-17th century. Workshop of Jacob de Wet (Haarlem, 1610-1675).

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Moses Strikes Water from the Rock Dutch school, mid-17th century. Workshop of Jacob de Wet (Haarlem, 1610-1675).

Technique: Oil on oak wood panel, composed of 3 horizontal panels.

In this evocative work, Moses stands in a cave, gathering the Israelites. There was no water to drink or for their cattle. The people were discontented in the desert. But Moses and Aaron listened to the voice of God. With Aaron’s staff, Moses struck the rock, and water gushed forth abundantly, quenching their thirst.

Jacob de Wet’s workshop specializes in subjects from the Old and New Testaments. The recognizable rectangular format, simple compositions, and clear narratives define his style.

The interplay of light and shadow, reminiscent of Rembrandt, adds timeless allure. The characters’ costumes, with their large hats and turbans, echo Rembrandt’s influence.

This painting is likely the work of one of De Wet’s pupils: Adriaen Verdoel (I) (1623-1675).

De Wet’s reputation in Haarlem was strong, and he held positions in the Haarlem St. Luke’s Guild (1645 and 1662). His visits to Amsterdam also earned him recognition, where he was chosen as one of the fifteen “best connoisseurs” to judge Italian paintings by Gerrit Uylenburgh (1671).

Dimensions with frame 62 cm x 97cm , without frame: L 87 cm x H 53 cm.

 

Wooden and stucco frame, late 19th century.

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