Joseph Mallord William Turner Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis exhibited 1843

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Title
Light and Colour (Goethe’s Theory) - the Morning after the Deluge - Moses Writing the Book of Genesis
Date Exhibited 1843
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 787 x 787 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
N00532
Not on display

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Pair to 'Shade and Darkness - The Evening of the Deluge'. This triumphant explosion of light brilliantly exploits the warm side of the spectrum. It celebrates God's Covenant with Man after the Flood. The serpent in the centre represents the brazen serpent raised by Moses in the wilderness as a cure for plague. Here it symbolises Christ's redemption of Man in the New Covenant. Turner's verses rather undermine the optimism of the religious message by emphasising the transience of the natural phenomena engendered by the 'returning sun'.

November 1992

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