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Pharaoh's Daughter and Her Handmaids with Moses in the Reed Basket

Pharaoh's Daughter and Her Handmaids with Moses in the Reed Basket

Jan de Braij (in 1661)

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In this painting the Haarlem based artist Jan de Bray has combined two genres. He has portrayed his contemporaries as historical figures in a biblical story of the Pharaohs daughter. Such 'portrait historié' formed a separate category of portraiture in the 17th century., As many artists did in the 17th century, here Jan de Bray has probably portrayed several of his contemporaries as figures from the Bible, thus combining two genres. It appears that a respectable lady from Haarlem is playing the role of the daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh. She and her handmaids have found the basket containing the baby Moses on the bank of the Nile.

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Title Pharaoh's Daughter and Her Handmaids with Moses in the Reed Basket
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 121 cm
Width 164 cm
Artists Schilder: Jan de Braij
Accession number 1086 (OK)
Credits Aankoop / Purchase: 1901
Department Old Masters
Acquisition date 1901
Age artist About 34 years old
Internal exhibitions The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Research Alma
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Jan de Braij

Haarlem 1626/1627 - Haarlem 1697

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