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Drawing - The Finding of the Child Moses
  • The Finding of the Child Moses
    Penni, Giovanni Francesco
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The Finding of the Child Moses

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    1517-1519 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Penni, Giovanni Francesco

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and wash and ink, squared in black chalk

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Rev. Alexander Dyce

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case DG, shelf 16

This drawing is a design fro the corresponding painting in the vault of the Vatican Logge and belongs to a group of drawing by the same hand connected with the same series of paintings in the Logge. By eliminating Giulio Romano, Perino and Polidoro, Gere and Pouncey arrived at the conclusion that Penni was probably the author of this group of drawings.

Physical description

Finding of Moses: seven women by the river bank, one of them is rescuing a baby in a basket from the water

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


1517-1519 (made)


Penni, Giovanni Francesco

Materials and Techniques

Pen and wash and ink, squared in black chalk

Marks and inscriptions

There is a long inscription by A. M. Zanetti on the back of this drawing.


Height: 1.2 in, Width: 11.4 in

Object history note

Flink of Rotterdam, M. Wander Schelling, The Marquis Legoy, Dr. Mead, and Sir Thomas Lawrence; Bequeathed by Rev. A. Dyce to the museum in 1869

Descriptive line

Gianfrancesco Penni, Finding of Moses, Study for the fresco in the Loggia of the Vatican, pen and ink and washed, squared in black chalk, Italian school, 1517-1519.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

DYCE COLLECTION. A Catalogue of the Paintings, Miniatures, Drawings, Engravings, Rings and Miscellaneous Objects Bequeathed by The Reverend Alexander Dyce. London : South Kensington Museum, 1874.
K. Oberhuber ed., Raphael's Zeichnungen, Berlin, 1972, cat. no. 461.
Nicole Dacos, Le logge di Raffaello : maestro e bottega di fronte all'antico, Rome, 1977, plate XXXIb
Peter Ward Jackson, Italian Drawings, volume one: 14th-16th century, London, 1980, cat. 245, p. 122.


Pen; Bistre


Drawing; Wash technique




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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