Sebastien Bourdon

Moses and the Burning Bush

Moses and the Burning Bush
(click image to zoom-in)
Author: Sebastien Bourdon
History Painting, Painting, Oil on canvas, 136x106.5 cm
Origin: France, 1642-1645

Sébastien Bourdon's work bears evident traces of his religious belief and the constant inner opposition of his Protestantism, which he was obliged to conceal, to the Catholic surroundings. This was reflected in his choice of subjects from Scripture.

The shepherd Moses, who tended his flock on Mount Horeb, saw an angel in the burning bush. When he drew closer to have a better look and understand how the bush was aflame but not consumed, God called to him from the very centre of the flames and revealed His name to Moses, making him His chosen one. The Lord instructed Moses to go to the Pharaoh and lead the oppressed sons of Israel out of Egypt. Moses covered his face with his hands, since he was afraid to look upon God.

In the painting we can detect an indirect influence of the works of Raphael, which comes from Bourdon's attraction at this time to Poussin whose work continued the traditions of the great master from Urbino. Bourdon used the composition of Raphael's fresco Moses before the Burning Bush, which is on the ceiling of the Stanza di Heliodorus in the Vatican. Mose's pose is taken from Raphael's engraving of the Burning Bush. The thin texture of the painting and smooth outline of the figures allow us to date the canvas to 1642-1645.

Personage: Moses
Source of entry: via the state Museum Fund from the collection of I. P. Balashov, Petrograd, 1919
Theme: The Bible and Christianity

Site map

Albums Authors Countries Sources Epoches Exibitions Genres
Personages Schools Styles Techniques Themes Types Workshops

Image Use Policy

Unless otherwise noted, images this web site may be used for any purpose without prior permission.

Any material in the public domain found on this web site is not protected by copyright.

We make no representations or warranties with respect to ownership of copyrights in the images, and do not represent others who may claim to be authors or owners of copyright of any of the images, and make no warranties as to the quality of the images.

We shall not be responsible for any loss or expenses resulting from the use of the images, and you release and hold us harmless from all liability arising from such use.

We do not sell art prints, framed posters or reproductions. Ads are shown only to compensate the hosting expenses.