European Painting before 1900, Johnson Collection
Moses Striking the Rock
Jan Steen, Dutch (active Leiden, Haarlem, and The Hague), 1626 - 1679
Oil on canvas
Cat. 509John G. Johnson Collection, 1917
LabelIn this painting Jan Steen depicts one of his rare biblical scenes. He shows the prophet Moses during the journey of the nation of Israel through the desert to Canaan. When the people grumbled because of thirst, Moses miraculously produced water from a stone, following God's command. However, he struck the rock twice, betraying doubt, and God punished him by denying him entry to the Promised Land.
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