Pharoah and His Host Perishing in the Red Sea (verso); The Freeing of King Joachim of Jerusalem (recto), pages 56 and 55, from the Treasury (Schatzbehalter)

A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.
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  • A work made of woodcut in black on cream laid paper.

Date:

1491

Artist:

Michael Wolgemut and Workshop (German, 1434/37–1519)
published by Anton Koberger (German, 1440–1513)

About this artwork

Water figured prominently in Old Testament narratives, particularly those involving the prophet Moses, who famously struck water from a rock. As an infant, Moses’s mother set him in a basket among the bulrushes of the Nile River, hoping he would be adopted by Egyptian royalty. As an adult he led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and famously performed the miracle of parting the Red Sea. In this chaotic woodcut, the Israelites have just evaded the Pharaoh’s army by walking across the dry seabed. When the army entered the watery passage however, the walls collapsed, and the men drowned.

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Artist

Michel Wolgemut

Title

Pharoah and His Host Perishing in the Red Sea (verso); The Freeing of King Joachim of Jerusalem (recto), pages 56 and 55, from the Treasury (Schatzbehalter)

Origin

Germany

Date

1491

Medium

Woodcut in black on cream laid paper

Dimensions

252 x 180 mm (image/block, verso) 250 x 173 mm; (image/block, recto); 335 x 228 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Jr.

Reference Number

1937.89a-b

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