The Finding of Moses is a 1904 painting by the Anglo-Dutch artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema. It was one of his last major works before his death in 1912, it was described in an auction catalogue in 1995 as “the undisputed masterpiece of [Alma-Tadema’s] last decade, as well as a late (perhaps the final?) flowering of the nineteenth-century’s love-affair with Egypt”. It was sold at auction in 2010 for nearly US$36 million.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema,(1836 – 1912) was a Dutch painter of special British denizenship. Born in Dronrijp, the Netherlands, and trained at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Belgium, he settled in England in 1870 and spent the rest of his life there. A classical-subject painter, he became famous for his depictions of the luxury and decadence of the Roman Empire, with languorous figures set in fabulous marbled interiors or against a backdrop of dazzling blue Mediterranean Sea and sky. Though admired during his lifetime for his draftsmanship and depictions of Classical antiquity, his work fell into disrepute after his death, and only since the 1960s has it been re-evaluated for its importance within nineteenth-century English art.