The Finding of Moses
Tommaso Maria Conca, Italian, 1734 - 1822
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Conca produced fresco decorations for the Villa Borghese in Rome and for the vault of an important room in Pope Pius VI's ambitious new sculpture museum in the Vatican. In this drawing of an Old Testament subject, several principles of Neoclassical draughtsmanship are evident in the friezelike and carefully balanced composition, the firm contours of the figures, and the work's high degree of finish.