The Miracle of the Quails
- Object Name: Painting
- Description: Late C16th oil painting attributed to Veen Otto van Veen showing Moses and the Israelites being fed by the Miracle of the Quails.
- Description: During the exodus from Egypt, large flocks of quail provided the Israelites with food (Exodus 16.13, Numbers 11.31 and Psalms 105.40). Several figures are shown gathering quails from the ground. Moses presides over them pointing his staff towards the sky.
The style of the painting reflects the work of Flemish artists much influenced by Italian painting, Martin van Heemskerk and Otto van Veen, who was one of Rubens' early masters. The dating is based on the Michelangelesque muscularity of van Veen's figures and their complex foreshortened poses, suggestive of Mannerism.
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