Moses Saved from the Waters

Pier Francesco Mola (Italian, 1612–1666)


Sheet: 18.6 x 26.5 cm (7 5/16 x 10 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen and brown ink, red chalk, and brush and red wash

Not On View



Red pencil, red watercolor, pen, and brown ink


On the reverse of the drawing, in Mola's hand, incomplete inscription with pen and brown ink: "mandare / antonio dal Sig. Belardino / per pigliare il ritratto del Pap[a] / in lapis lazuli picolo / il disegno o stampa che ha / della Concetione"; handwritten mark "Lr 16 / T D" ("Destouche"? Cfr.Lugt 794)


Signed in lower right, "Mola"


About 1890, said to be in the Madrazo collection, Madrid. By about 1930, said to be in the Marqués de Casa Torres collection, Madrid; 2015, sold by the Marqués de Casa Torres to Coll and Cortés (dealer), Madrid; 2015, sold by Coll and Cortés to Artur Ramon Fine Art (dealer), Madrid and Barcelona; 2016, sold by Artur Ramon Art to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 28, 2016)

Credit Line

Fund in honor of Clifford S. Ackley and Francis Welch Fund