One of a pair of paintings depicting stories from the Old Testament which date from Giordano’s later career. The Brazen Serpent depicts the people of Israel being attacked by a plague of serpents sent by God because of their lack of faith. Moses intercedes with God who instructs him to set up a fiery serpent on a pole because “everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live” (Numbers 21:8). The brazen serpent acts as an image of saving faith, prefiguring the Crucifixion.
Where to see this painting?
Compton Verney, Warwickshire, England, CV35 9HZ
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