Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens
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Peter Paul Rubens
The Gathering of Manna, ca. 1626
Oil on panel, 64.8 x 52.3 cm
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Frances and Armand Hammer Purchase Fund, inv. M.69.20

Catalog Entry by Peter C. Sutton

A fictive tapestry is suspended by a cord with tassels from three lions's heads attached to two Solomonic columns and an architrave. On the right is the figure of Moses in a red mantle with his identifying horns of light emanating from his head, holding his rod in his left hand and lifting his right hand heavenward in a gesture of appeal or thanksgiving. Before him and on the left, the Israelites gather manna in baskets and sacks. On the left a woman in golden-ocher drapery holds the hand of a child in her right hand while balancing a large basket of manna on her head. Another woman bends her head low to receive a second basket hefted by the man behind Moses, while another woman catches the falling manna in her skirt. In the foreground a man squats to lift a heavy grain sack filled with the miraculous substance. Just visible to the right of Moses is the head of a man with a beard, who may be Aaron. In the sky flecks of white manna continue to fall...

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