The J. Paul Getty Museum

Border with the Crossing of the Red Sea

Object Details

Title:

Border with the Crossing of the Red Sea

Artist/Maker:

Simon Bening (Flemish, about 1483 - 1561)

Culture:

Flemish

Place:

Bruges, Belgium (Place Created)

Date:

about 1525 - 1530

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold paint, and gold leaf on parchment

Object Number:

Ms. Ludwig IX 19 (83.ML.115), fol. 59

Dimensions:

Leaf: 16.8 × 11.4 cm (6 5/8 × 4 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Pursued by the Egyptian army up to the shores of the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel gain safe passage when God opens a path through the waters for them. The illumination depicts the moment when Moses and the Jews have reached safe ground and the waters close in after them on the doomed Egyptians. The border surrounds a prayer concerning the Baptism of Christ and faces a miniature of the same subject, another famous biblical water scene.