Moses and Eleazar reveal the brazen serpent to the people afflicted with snakebite. Lithograph by A. Blanco after P.P. Rubens.

  • Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640.
[between 1800 and 1899]
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Old Testament, Numbers 21: 5-9: "And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."


Madrid : J. de Madrazo lo dirigio, [between 1800 and 1899] ([Madrid] : en el Rl. Est.o Lit.o de Madrid)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph ; image 33.4 x 40.5 cm


La serpiente de metal. El cuadro original existe en el Rl. Museo de Madrid. P.P. Rubens lo pinto. J. de Madrazo lo dirigio. A Blanco lo litog.

References note

R.A. d'Hulst and M. Vandenven, Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard, part III, The Old Testament, London 1989, p. 89 (as after a composition by Van Dyck based on a painting by Rubens)


Wellcome Collection 20545i

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Created and published under the direction of José de Madrazo as director of the royal lithographic establishment in Madrid



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