Paintings of Moses and the Exodus featuring watercolors of James J. Tissot

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

There are a great many paintings and statues of Moses and events of the exodus which are available -- to many for me to link to here. However, I've focused on the work of James J. Tissot (French painter and illustrator, 1836-1902), who painted a series of watercolors that cover the life of Moses, 1896-1900. Most are available are owned by the Jewish Museum of New York. Here are links to more than 60 of these watercolors.

James Tissot, Pharaoh Notes the Importance of the Jewish People
James J. Tissot, "Pharaoh Notes the Importance of the Jewish Peopler" (1896-1900), watercolor, Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.

Early Years

Tissot, The Signs on the Door
James J. Tissot, "The Signs on the Door" (1896-1900), watercolor, Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.

Egypt and the Plagues

James J. Tissot, Moses and the Ten Commandments
James J. Tissot, "Moses and the Ten Commandments" (1896-1900), watercolor, Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.

Life in the Desert

Sinai

Tabernacle

James J. Tissot, The Grapes of Canaan
James J. Tissot, "The Grapes of Canaan" (1896-1900), watercolor, Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.

Conflicts

Moses' Last Days


Other Moses and Exodus Paintings

Wikimedia Commons, Paintings of Moses

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (Dutch painter, 1836-1912). A classical-subject painter, influenced by Pre-Raphaelites

Henri-Eugčne Pluchart (French painter, 1835-1898). Came to St. Petersburg in 1836, portraitist primarily. Commissioned to complete 7 subjects for St. Isaac's Cathedral, including these below:

David Roberts (1796-1864), The Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt (1830), oil on canvas, 119x212 cm, City of Birmingham Art Gallery.

Valentin de Boulogne, Moses (c. 1627/1632), oil on canvas, 131 x 103.5 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

William Blake, Moses at the Burning Bush (1800-1803), Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Rembrandt, Moses with the Ten Commandments (1659), oil on canvas, 168.5 x 136.5, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin. Rembrandt, Moses Smashing the Tablets of the Law, oil on canvas

BenjaminWest, Moses Shown the Promised Land (1801), oil on canvas, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

John Everett Millais, Victory O Lord (1871), oil on canvas, Manchester City Gallaries. Aaron and Hur holding up the arms of Moses.

Edwin Long (1829-1891), Pharaoh's Daughter - The Finding of Moses (1886), oil on canvas, City of Bristol Museum

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Moses on Mount Sinai (1895-1900), oil on canvas

Guido Reni, Moses with the Tablets of the Law  Another.

Joos van Ghent, Moses with the Ten CommandmentsPietro Novelli, Moses

Carlo Dolci (1616-1686), Moses

Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), Moses Viewing the Promised Land

Bruce Feiler, "How Moses Shaped America," Time Magazine, 12 Oct 2009, pp. 48-50. Some images.

Marc Chagall, lithographs in the portfolio The Story of Exodus (1966)

  • Moses and the Tablets of the Law
  • Pharaoh's daughter and Moses
  • Moses sees the sufferings of his people
  • Moses and the burning bush
  • God Turns Moses' Staff into a Serpent
  • God sends Aaron to meet Moses in the desert

    Other Chagall paintings

Philip and Dennis Ratner, The Ratner Museum, Exodus collection

J. H. Hartley,  in James Bailie and J H Hartley (illustrator), The Bible Story a connected narrative retold from Holy Scripture (A & C Black Ltd., London, 1923). Moses Praying on Mt. Pisgah  (1922) (clipart.com collection, color, #1050661).

Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

John Everett Millais (English Pre-Raphaelite painter, 1829-1896), Victory, O Lord (1871), oil on canvas, Manchester City Gallery.

Tiffany Studios, Moses and the Burning Bush, United Congregational Church, Montclair, NJ. Stained glass window

Domenico Feti, Moses before the burning bush (1613-14), oil on canvas, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

József Molnár, Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt (1861), oil on canvas, 61 x 78.7 in. / 155 x 200 cm, private collection.

August Francois Laby, Israel Enters the Desert.

The Giving of Manna (Exodus 16:1-15), Bible card, copyright 1901, Providence Lithograph Company.

Arthur Hacker, And There Was a Great Cry in Egypt (1897)
Arthur Hacker (English Pre-Raphaelite painter, 1858-1919), And There Was a Great Cry in Egypt (1897), oil on canvas, private collection. Larger image.

Charles Sprague Pearce (American artist, 1851-1914), Lamentations over the Death of the Firstborn of Egypt (1877), 51.5"x38.5" oil on canvas, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington DC.

Michelangelo, "Moses" (c. 1513-1515), marble sculpture, tomb of Pope Julius II, San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome

József Molnár, Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt (1861), oil on canvas, 61 x 78.7 in. / 155 x 200 cm, private collection.

August Francois Laby, Israel Enters the Desert.

Ercole de' Roberti, The Israelites gathering Manna (c. 1490s), National Gallery, London.

The Giving of Manna (Exodus 16:1-15), Bible card, copyright 1901, Providence Lithograph Company.

Arthur Hacker (English Pre-Raphaelite painter, 1858-1919)

Portraits of Moses

  • Derek Van Derven (contemporary American painter), Portrait of Moses.
  • John Singer Sargent, Moses, Boston Public Library, North wall, central panel, from "Triumph of Religion" mural

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Copyright of artwork. Much, but not all, of the artwork linked to on this site is in the public domain worldwide due to the date of death of its author (if it is was published outside of the U.S. and the author has been dead for over 70 years), or due to its date of publication (if it was first made public in the U.S. before 1923), at least in the United States (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp.), in Germany, and in many other countries.

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