Moses and Aaron before the Pharaoh

by Mikkal Noptek November. 13, 2012 5559 views

November 03, 2012

An allegory of the Dinteville Family
Oil on wood
Master of the Dinteville Allegory ( active mid-16th century )
French, 1537

The protagonists in this elaborate allegory are four brothers who were important members of the court of François I ( ruled 1515-1547 ).
Portrayed at a moment of crisis in their relation with the King, they participate in a narrative derived from Exodus ( 7 : 9 ) : Moses ans Aaron plead with the Pharaoh to free the Israelites; to prove they are armed with the power of the Lord, Aaron changes his rod into a serpent. Depicted in the guise of Aaron is François II de Dinteville, bishop of Auxerre; his brother Jean is shown as Moses, and the younger brothers, Gaucher and Guillaume, stand behind them.
The name and the ages of all but François I, who represents Pharaoh, are inscribed on the hems of their robes.
The painting hung in the Dintevilles' château de Polisy along with Hans Holbein the Younger's Ambassadors ( 1533 ; National Gallery, London ), where the figure on the left is Jean de Dinteville, Seigneur of Polisy (1504??1555), French ambassador to the court of Henry VIII for most of 1533. Shortly afterwards, the cleaning of the picture revealed that his seat of Polisy is one of only four places marked on the globe.

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Glo B 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree, fascinating info and beautiful paintings!

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Agnes Felber 7 years, 3 months ago

Very interesting to know all that about the painting!

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Finbarr 7 years, 3 months ago

Excellent shots !!

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Josy 7 years, 3 months ago

J'aime cette série de détails après la vue d'ensemble. Magnifiques

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