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The Submersion of Pharaoh's Army in the Red Sea

A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

c. 1515, printed 1549

Artist:

After Titian (Italian, c. 1488-1576)
published by Domenico dalle Greche (Italian, active 1543-1558)

About this artwork

The grand scale of Titian’s twelve-sheet woodcut (see 1957.12.1–12) mimics history paintings and large wall hangings. The assembled composition would fit only on a massive wall, a use confirmed by the total lack of early impressions. Only this 1549 state is known, printed from woodblocks studded with wormholes, which appear in the image as tiny white dots. The inscription at lower center of The Submersion describes the Israelites’ persecution under the Egyptian pharaoh and his army’s fate when they followed Moses into the Red Sea. The publisher opportunistically refers to the “great and immortal hand” of Titian in this legend, though the artist was still very much alive.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Titian

Title

The Submersion of Pharaoh's Army in the Red Sea

Origin

Italy

Date

1510–1520

Medium

Woodcut in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

406 × 546 mm

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1957.12.11

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