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Moses defending the daughters of Jethro
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16th Century
Moses defending the daughters of Jethro
[Mos-difende le Figlie di letro]
Oil on canvas
160 x 117 cm  [HxW]
Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze

This artist developed Florentine Mannerism, influenced by Michelangelo. Figures are muscular and in inventive poses, compressed into a space which has little depth. The painting may contain several stories. Moses is the central pivot for this turbulent composition but also appears in the red drapery rushing to save his future bride. He defends the seven daughters of Jethro from men who have deprived them of water for their flocks.

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