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Moses Shows the Tablets of the Law to the People, Imagines et figurae bibliorum, ca. 1582 - 1593, ca. 1653 - 1654

  • etching, paper
  • 185 x 240 mm
  • Inv. 2013-AAQ

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Top left on Mount Sinai, Moses receives the tablets of the law. The tetragramme symbolises God the Father. At the bottom of the mountain, Moses shows the tablets to the people. His face is covered with a cloth (Ex. 34:29).


Pieter I van der Borcht RKD
Mechelen ca. 1530 - Antwerp ca. 1611

Jan Philipsz. Schabaelje
Amsterdam ca. 1586 - Amsterdam 1656

Title Moses Shows the Tablets of the Law to the People, Imagines et figurae bibliorum
Date ca. 1582 - 1593
ca. 1653 - 1654
Period 16th century
17th century
Location Amsterdam TGN
Medium and support etching AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription in the depiction, top left
printed inscription in the dipiction, at the top: Discite iustitiam moniti.
printed inscription in the depiction, top right: Exodus. 34. 29.
printed inscription in the depiction, bottom centre: 48
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: 49
stamps (tools) on the back, bottom right: Stad Gent / Museum voor Schone Kunsten
Collection print room
Object type etching AAT
Inventory number 2013-AAQ
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
25H landscapes Iconclass
Keywords Iconclass 11C God the Father Iconclass
11C13 tetragram (in Roman or Hebrew script) ~ symbol of God the Father Iconclass
11L2 the ten commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) Iconclass
21D water (one of the four elements) Iconclass
25G3 trees Iconclass
25H11 mountains Iconclass
25H112 rocks Iconclass
25H1124 boulder, stone Iconclass
25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone) Iconclass
25H213 river Iconclass
41A191 tent Iconclass
61D(MOUNT SINAI) geographical names of countries, regions, mountains, rivers, etc. (names of cities and villages excepted) (MOUNT SINAI) Iconclass
71 Old Testament Iconclass
71E1 the book Exodus: story of Moses and Aaron Iconclass
71E13 Exodus (part III): conclusion of the Sinaitic law and its renewal Iconclass
71E137 the new tables of the law (Exodus 34) Iconclass
71E1373 God renews the covenant with Moses and writes the law on the tablets Iconclass
71E1374 Moses comes down with the new tablets and is awaited by Aaron and the assembled people, who notice that 'his face is shining' (Moses' face is depicted with rays of light or with horns) Iconclass
School / Style Renaissance AAT
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