About this artwork

Bacchiacca used this Old Testament subject as a means to include a wide range of exotically clothed figures and various birds and animals in a stylised, rocky landscape. Moses kneels in the centre, before the rock from which water miraculously appears to relieve the thirst of the Israelites as they journey to the Promised Land. This is collected in, and enthusiastically drunk from, beautifully crafted jugs. The picture may well be connected with a commission Bacchiacca received from a Florentine guild of jug-makers to decorate a festival stand in 1525 with scenes from the Old Testament.

Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini)

Bacchiacca (Francesco Ubertini)

Bacchiacca specialised in small-scale paintings and decorative designs mainly for domestic settings. In these detailed and colourful works he combined a rich variety of figures and animals, often derived from other artists' paintings and prints. He was born in Florence and trained in Perugino's studio. He absorbed all he could from Perugino and was also influenced by Andrea del Sarto's work. The charm of Bacchiacca's paintings lies above all in their unusual colour combinations